25 April 2014
BBC Radio 1Xtra presenter Adele Roberts and Great British Bake Off winner John Whaite are today announced as hosts of Stonewall’s 2014 Brighton Equality Walk.
Adele and John will be at the starting line to cheer on hundreds of Stonewall supporters raising money for the lesbian, gay and bisexual equality charity’s campaign: ‘Gay. Let’s Get the Meaning Straight’. The campaign is tackling anti-gay language in schools across Britain following research that shows 99 per cent of lesbian, gay and bisexual young people hear phrases such as ‘that’s so gay’ or ‘you’re so gay’.
Last year Adele fronted Coming Out – a documentary on BBC Radio 1 – which gave a snapshot of what it's like for young people to come out as lesbian, gay or bisexual in the UK today.
John won the 2012 series of hit BBC series the Great British Bake Off and has since launched and exclusive artisan chocolate shop, The Hungry Dog Artisan Chocolates
Adele said: ‘It’s shocking that in 2014 nearly all gay young people still hear homophobic language like ‘that’s so gay’ when they go to school. That’s why supporting the Equality Walk is so important to me; it’s in aid of Stonewall’s crucial latest campaign to tackle homophobic language. Many people who casually use these terms don’t intentionally mean to be offensive but they cause hurt and distress. I urge lesbian, gay and bisexual people near and far to support this event.’
John said: ‘Too many children still fear going to school because of the abuse and bullying they suffer. No-one should be made to feel ashamed of who they are and how they were born. That is why I’m really excited and proud to support Stonewall’s Equality Walk and to help raise money so they can continue working with both primary and secondary schools up and down the country.’
The 10k Brighton Equality Walk – supported by American Express – takes place on Sunday 11 May. Registration for the event costs just £10 and under-12s can walk for free. For more information and to register visit: www.equalitywalk.org.uk
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