Taking place on Sunday 11 May, this year’s Equality Walk will help mark Stonewall’s 25th Anniversary. We’ve been supported by some amazing hosts and celebrities over the past few years.
In 2013 Zoe Lyons, one of the UK’s favourite comedians, helped to kick off the walk. ‘Anti-gay bullying in schools just shouldn’t be happening. It’s shocking that young people in schools still have to go through this – and Stonewall’s work tackling homophobic bullying is absolutely crucial’, said Zoe.
X Factor stars Rylan Clark and Lucy Spraggan also got behind Stonewall’s Brighton Equality Walk in 2013. Speaking about why they supported last year’s walk, Rylan said: ‘We’ve had first-hand experience of homophobia and know just how hurtful it can be. If it’s not challenged and dealt with it can spiral out of control, so we hope everyone will get involved and sign up for the walk. It can really make a difference.’
Sir Ian McKellen
“Since I first joined the Brighton Equality Walk nine years ago, there have been very welcome improvements in the lives of gay people in the UK. These must help young people feel that life will get better for them but there is work to be done.
I’ve been visiting the wonderful schools who are Stonewall Champions, as they tackle homophobic bullying and a careless playground language which can inhibit gay students and gay teachers from being open and fulfilled.
By signing up to take part in the Brighton Walk this year, you can help Stonewall make school a happier and healthier place in the future. Take it from me, it’s fun walking with a purpose in the company of like-minded friends, old and new.”
“By signing up to take part in the Brighton Walk this year, you can help Stonewall make school a happier and healthier place in the future. Take it from me, it’s fun walking with a purpose in the company of like-minded friends, old and new.
Taking part in the Stonewall Equality Walk is a great way to kickstart the summer and raise important funds to combat homophobic bullying. It’s always a super friendly atmosphere and a fabulous opportunity to raise awareness.”
“I was bullied because of my sexuality, particularly at school and for bullying to continue today is totally unacceptable. That’s why I support Stonewall and its Education for All campaign to make Britain a safe place for all young people to live in.”
“If you’re experiencing homophobic bullying, Stonewall can help you. Schools across the country now have their ‘Some people are gay. Get over it!’ posters and their anti-homophobia DVD ‘FIT’ to help them tackle the issue head-on. So teachers have no more excuses for tolerating homophobic bullying, and schools no longer have to be scary places for lesbian, gay and bisexual young people. The Brighton Walk is so important because it helps to continue to show the wider world that we’re proud to be different and it’s something to celebrate, not be ashamed of.”