Ajamu Challenges Homophobia

Ajamu's work represents black LGBT men and women - a section of British society he feels are often silent or marginalised. "We don’t hear the voices of LGBT people who are 'out' in black families. We don’t hear the voices of our aunts and uncles and mothers and dads and grandmas who are perfectly happy with their sons and daughters being lesbians and gays. Those narratives are missing" he says. One of Ajamu's black and white photographs presents him dressed in fishnets, a leather gimp mask and high heels. Another self-portrait sees him wearing a wig and sporting his trademark long beard. In the other pictures, his models are posed in various costumes - some overtly sexual, some nude, some more 'traditional'. They represent a timeline of his working life.

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Culture Stats & Facts

  • Black African MSM appear twice as likely to contract HIV as other ethnic groups

    (Sigma Research, 2011)

  • BAME MSM make up 0.1% of the total population in the UK, but 13% of MSM diagnosed with HIV.

    (Nastal-3, PHE, 2013)

  • Black MSM are also twice as likely to report homophobic attacks in their local area compared to the white population - 13% compared to 6% respectively

    (Stonewall, 2013)