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23 March 2012

Stonewall uses Facebook relaunch to celebrate British gay history since Section 28

Stonewall is using Facebook’s new Timeline format to celebrate lesbian, gay and bisexual history in Britain since 1989, when the charity was founded to fight against Section 28. From today, the charity’s Timeline includes status updates about some of the biggest changes to gay equality since then. Many of the updates include links to stories from newspapers including the Independent, Daily Mail and Guardian, and BBC news programmes – including interviews with Stonewall co-founder Ian McKellen.

The Timeline’s updates highlight Stonewall’s role in major legal changes for gay people in Britain, including the campaigns to repeal Section 28, equalise the age of consent for sex between men, and lift the ban on gay and lesbian personnel in the Armed Forces. Stonewall hopes the new Facebook page will be useful for people interested in gay history in Britain, particularly school and college students.

Stonewall Media Manager Andy Wasley said: ‘Reading Stonewall’s new Timeline updates reminds you that the equal rights gay people enjoy today often came after long political and legal struggles – and Stonewall was there every step of the way. As we continue to fight for marriage equality and to stamp out homophobia in schools, we hope there will be many more happy updates in the future.’

Stonewall has nearly 27,500 Facebook fans, and nearly 20,000 followers on Twitter. The charity joined Facebook in 2008 – its profile is at facebook.com/stonewalluk. Stonewall is on Twitter at twitter.com/stonewalluk.


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