Gay charity Stonewall celebrates 21st birthday

PinkNews Staff Writer May 19, 2010
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Stonewall, the UK’s largest gay rights charity, is celebrating its 21st birthday.

The organisation was founded on May 20th 1989 by a group of campaigners against Section 28, the law which banned promotion of homosexuality in schools.

These included actor Sir Ian McKellen, THT head of policy Lisa Power and actor-turned MEP Michael Cashman.

In recent years, Stonewall has counted civil partnerships, homophobic hatred laws and lesbian fertility rights as some of the advances it has lobbied the government for.

Stonewall deputy chief executive Laura Doughty said: “A 21st birthday traditionally signifies a landmark coming of age, and Stonewall’s coming of age is happening right now as the reach and impact of our campaigning work grows year on year.

“We continue to develop key relationships with ministers and decision-makers, but our campaigning towards equality now stretches way beyond this.

“Lesbian, gay and bisexual equality needs to be embedded at home, at school and at work for Britain to be a truly gay-friendly country. Stonewall will continue to campaign for this in the next 21 years.”

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