Zoe Lyons, one of the UK’s favourite comedians, will host Stonewall’s 2013 Brighton Equality Walk. Zoe, a Brightonian herself, will also be at the start line to spur on the hundreds of supporters raising money for the gay equality charity’s work to tackle anti-gay bullying in schools.
Speaking as registrations for this year’s Walk topped 100, Zoe said: ‘It’s 2013 – anti-gay bullying in schools just shouldn’t be happening. It’s shocking that young people in schools still have to go through this – and Stonewall’s work tackling homophobic bullying is absolutely crucial. That’s why I’m proud to be hosting this year’s Brighton Equality Walk and I urge lesbian, gay and bisexual people near and far to support this event.’
The Walk returns to Brighton on Bank Holiday Sunday 5 May. Now in its tenth year, the Walk has raised nearly £400,000 for Stonewall’s Education for All Programme – and over 600 people participated in 2012.
Zoe, a regular presence on television and the club circuit, took to the stage in aid of Stonewall in September as part of the inaugural all-female comedian line-up benefit gig Girls Night Out. That gig also raised funds for Stonewall’s Education for All campaign. More than half of lesbian, gay and bisexual young people experience homophobic bullying in Britain’s schools – and almost all (99 per cent) hear phrases such as ‘that’s so gay’ or ‘you’re so gay’ in school.
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