We’re ecstatic to have Adele Roberts and John Whaite support the Brighton Equality Walk and joining us on Sunday 11 May.
Talking about why she wanted to get involved in the Walk, Adele said: ‘It’s really sad to hear that in 2014 a lot of gay young people still hear homophobic language like ‘that’s so gay’ when they go to school. That’s why supporting the Equality Walk is so important to me; it’s in aid of Stonewall’s crucial latest campaign to tackle homophobic language. Many people who casually use these terms don’t intentionally mean to be offensive but they cause hurt and distress. I urge lesbian, gay and bisexual people near and far to support this event.’
Adele began her career as a DJ at Lancashire-based station, Rock FM. After impressing listeners she was asked to present on The Hits Radio where she further developed her sound and style before becoming weekend breakfast presenter for 105 Capital FM in 2011. Adele now broadcasts to the nation on BBC Radio 1Xtra. She has interviewed celebrities from Usher to 50 Cent as well as some of the UK’s finest home-grown talent, including Lily Allen and Tinie Tempah. Adele DJs regularly at festivals, club nights and celebrity parties across the country and is also an accomplished TV presenter.
John is a British baker, cook, chocolatier and TV personality. He won the 2012 series of hit BBC series the Great British Bake Off and has since launched and exclusive artisan chocolate shop, The Hungry Dog Artisan Chocolates.
John gained a diploma in patisserie from the revered Le Cordon Bleu School of Culinary Arts, and has published two cookbooks: John Whaite Bakes and John Whaite Bakes At Home. He also contributes a monthly food column to Attitude Magazine, for which he has appeared on the cover twice.
He lives with his partner in South East London, where he hosts regular baking classes.
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“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.”