Today - May 20 - is the twentieth anniversary of the founding of Stonewall, the lesbian, gay and bisexual equality charity. Initially founded as a direct response to Section 28, which made it illegal to ‘promote’ homosexuality in schools, Stonewall has spent the past two decades working towards equality through tireless lobbying, campaigning and support.
Progress achieved includes an equal age of consent, the repeal of Section 28, the armed forces permitting gay men and lesbians to serve, equal rights granted to same sex couples applying for adoption, the introduction of civil partnerships and outlawing discrimination on the provision of goods and services on the basis of sexual orientation.
'While so much has been achieved there’s also much left to do,’ says Ben Summerskill, Stonewall’s Chief Executive. ‘Over the coming years and months Stonewall will be working hard to tackle all forms of homophobia in Britain. We’ll continue to lobby government on legislation to make further progress on equality – for example the Equality Bill – and we won’t stop until lesbian, gay and bisexual people enjoy full equality in all areas of their lives – at home, at school and at work.’
A huge thanks to all the original founders for their courage and inspiration 20 years ago, without whom Stonewall would not be here today. Thanks also to all our volunteers and supporters who have been instrumental in all our achievements.
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