Gay celebs to lead fundraising walk in Brighton
I’m A Celebrity contestant Brian Paddick, entertainer Amy Lamé and other famous gays and lesbians will be taking a walk through the streets of Brighton in May to raise money to fight homophobia.
Stonewall’s sixth annual 10k Equality Walk takes place on Bank Holiday Sunday, 3rd May, starting at Brighton’s Pavilion Gardens.
The gay equality organisation is celebrating its 20th anniversary this year.
Last year’s walk raised more than £35,000, enabling Stonewall to produce a Homophobic Hate Crime report.
It resulted in the Home Secretary, Jacqui Smith, tasking the Ministerial Action Group on Violence to consider the report’s findings and implement its recommendations.
Registration for the walk is £10 (or free for children under 12, accompanied by an adult).
Stonewall is encouraging all participants to fundraise and to bring along their families to enjoy the day.
All money raised will go towards Stonewall’s Education for All campaign, which tackles homophobic bullying in Britain’s schools.
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The campaign’s main goal for 2009 is to make a DVD of FIT, a play for schools, to send to every school in Britain.
The play toured schools in 2007 and 2008 and was seen by almost 20,000 school pupils. It prompted a powerful reaction from pupils about their attitudes towards lesbian and gay people and the effects of homophobic language.
“The Brighton Equality Walk has always been a key event in Stonewall’s fundraising calendar,” said chief executive Ben Summerskill.
“This year is even more special as we celebrate 20 years of Stonewall and engage our supporters with a very clear goal.
“Helping Stonewall to make a DVD of the play FIT will go a long way towards helping tackle homophobic bullying in schools.”