Registration opens today for the tenth annual Stonewall, Equality Walk, which takes place in Brighton on May 5. The 10k Walk, supported by American Express, raises funds for Stonewall’s Education for All programme, which helps schools tackle homophobia and support lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) young people. Over 600 supporters took part in last year’s Walk, raising a record-breaking £70,000.
To register for this years walk, VIEW:
Homophobic bullying remains commonplace in Britain’s schools. Last year Stonewall’s School Report 2012, based on research by the University of Cambridge, showed over half of gay young people are homophobically bullied in Britain’s schools, while nearly all hear homophobic language.
Tragically nearly a quarter of gay young people have attempted to take their own lives. The Equality Walk is one of the charity’s main fundraising events to support its anti-bullying work.
Stonewall Director of Fundraising Catherine Bosworth, said:
“Once again we’re hoping to see hundreds of people turn out for the Equality Walk to take a stand against homophobic bullying. Every penny raised will help us support gay young people who face a daily nightmare of assault, abuse or isolation at school, simply because of the way they were born.”
The Equality Walk is a family-friendly event, which opens with a gathering in the Royal Pavillion Gardens and ends with an all-ages party in the sea-front bar The Honey.
To find out more or to register a team, VIEW:
The former Labour leader of Brighton & Hove City Council and present chair of the Sussex Beacon, Simon Burgess was the first person to register for this years Brighton Walk as confirmed by a Stonewall tweet saying so.
“The recent awful transphobic article by Julie Burchill is yet another reminder of the bullying that can be directed against anyone who is LGBT. I hope Stonewall will be overrun with registrations for the 10th Equality Walk to show that Brighton & Hove is united in condemning bullying. I have taken part in many of the Equality Walks and they are always fun as well as a powerful statement that people are prepared to stand up and be counted in the fight for equality.”
You can sponsor Simon via his Just Giving page: