for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality

Dress to impress for charity ball

Fabulous fun in central Glasgow

Proceeds to tackle homophobic bullying

Stonewall Scotland will benefit from a magnificent masquerade ball at the central Glasgow Hilton hotel next Friday from 7pm. Partygoers will enjoy a champagne reception, three-course dinner, live music and dancing until 2am. There will also be a guest appearance by comedienne and author Rhona Cameron.

The dress code is ‘dress to impress’ in masks or masquerade, with the best-dressed guests in line for a prize. Fantastic raffle prizes on offer on the night include Scottish Premier League tickets, iPods, a weekend stay at the Hilton, Botox and lip enhancement treatments, a round of golf at Edinburgh’s Archerfield Links and many more. Tickets are £35 each, with tables available for groups of up to ten. Tickets must be purchased in advance from www.stonewallscotland.org.uk/spectrum.

All proceeds will go to Stonewall Scotland to enable their work tackling the bullying which two-thirds of young gay and bisexual people suffer at school. Stonewall Scotland provide training and advice to local authorities, teachers and other school staff on what homophobic bullying looks like and why it’s so important to confront the problem. When schools talk openly about the issues and take a zero-tolerance approach to homophobic bullying, LGBT pupils are 60% less likely to experience it. The charity also works with top employers and public service providers.

Alan Wardle, Director of Stonewall Scotland, said: “From the repeal of Section 28 to the introduction of civil partnerships, the last decade has seen some great strides towards equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, but there’s clearly still a lot to do. We rely entirely on the support of people across Scotland to enable us to continue our vital work. We are extremely grateful to Barclays Spectrum for hosting this special event and for their ongoing support.”


Notes

  • Stonewall Scotland works to achieve equality and justice for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
  • For further details on this event, see our website: http://www.stonewallscotland.org.uk/spectrum
  • Barclays Spectrum Network, established in 2002, spans the Barclays Group and supports Barclays lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) employees
  • The School Report, Stonewall research with 1145 lesbian, gay and bisexual pupils, found that two thirds have experienced homophobic bullying and 98% hear homophobic language. In schools where homophobic bullying is challenged, gay young people are 60 per cent less likely to experience it

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