Preparations are underway for a major gay day out in Brighton during the May bank holiday.

Gay and lesbian stars will join hundreds of others on a fundraising walk in the popular seaside resort.

The 5th Annual Equality Walk is a demonstration of solidarity against hate crime, a nice day out, a good bit of exercise and an opportunity to do a bit of star-spotting.

The 10km stroll begins at the Pavilion Gardens at 2pm on Sunday May 4th and will follow a route set by BLAGGS, the Brighton-based lesbian and gay sports group, ending in a prize-giving party hosted by Legends.

This year celebs including funny girls Sue Perkins and Amy Lame will be mixing with the walkers.

Because of the continued sponsorship of American Express all money raised will go towards Stonewall’s campaign to ensure anti-gay hate crimes are reported with more confidence, and eventually stamped-out altogether.

Last year 300 people took part and the walk raised more than £40,000.

Ben Summerskill, Stonewall chief executive, said:

“The Brighton Equality Walk is one of the highlights of our year.

“Not only is it great fun on the day, but it also helps raise invaluable funds for our vital work around hate crime.

“Homophobic hate crime is still a sad reality in today’s society. Too many people are still afraid to report it.

“We’ll continue to work to raise awareness around the issue and hope all lesbians and gay men, their friends and families who also want to show their support will join us in Brighton on Bank Holiday Sunday.”

Registration is £10, for which participants will receive a Stonewall Equality Walk t-shirt and goodies on the day.

All that participants need to do is raise over and above the registration fee.

There will be some great prizes for the top fundraising teams and individuals.

For those who want to fundraise in more exotic climes, there are still places available for Stonewall’s Barcelona Equality Walk, from 11th to 13th July.

Click here for more information.

To register for Brighton visit www.equalitywalk.org.uk or contact the equality team on 020 7593 1874.

Once registered, Stonewall suggests that you keep logging on to the website for regular news updates about the Brighton Walk.