- Gok Wan, Fleur East, Adele Roberts and Ollie Locke turn out for LGBT equality
- Sponsors Absolut create special cocktail for event and special edition Pride bottles to show their support of the LGBT community
- Event marked 50th anniversary of partial decriminalisation
Celebrities came out last night to help Stonewall, the lesbian, gay, bi and trans equality charity, celebrate its annual Summer Party at the Royal Institute of British Architects.
This year’s Stonewall Summer Party was one of the biggest fundraising events of the Stonewall calendar.
The event, kindly supported by Absolut, enables Stonewall to continue its mission to ensure that every LGBT person is accepted without exception. Absolut created a special cocktail for the event named Absolut Summer. For every cocktail bought, £1 went to Stonewall.
Around 400 guests attended the night, including a host of celebrities and influential figures from the LGBT community.
More than £60,000 was raised at the event, kindly hosted by Dr Ranj Singh. All proceeds will be invested in initiatives to secure equality for all lesbian, gay, bi and trans people in Britain and abroad.
DJ Adele Roberts, singer Fleur East, TV presenter Gok Wan and TV personality Cora Delaney each played a DJ set.
The event also coincided with the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales, providing the perfect opportunity to celebrate how far LGBT equality has come over the past five decades.
Prizes included a jumbo Rainbow Lace signed by Manchester United players, £1,000 worth of Virgin holiday vouchers, VIP tickets to V Festival, artwork from Nancy Fouts, Thomas Wolski and Roxana Halls.
Adam Boita, Head of Marketing at Pernod Ricard UK, said: ‘Partnering with Stonewall, who believe in acceptance without exception, was a natural fit for us as equality is at the heart of everything we do at Absolut.
‘We’ve worked with the LGBTQ community for over 30 years and want to continue to help raise awareness and advance LGBTQ equality internationally.
‘We’re proud to work hand in hand with Stonewall to raise funds via our global campaigns right through to celebrating the great work the team does at the annual Stonewall summer party.’
The Summer Party also gave the organisation a chance to thank its supporters and partners, before reflecting on the challenges the LGBT community continues to face.
Ruth Hunt, Chief Executive of Stonewall, said: ‘The Summer Party is an important time to come together, be visible and to celebrate the lesbian, gay, bi and trans community.
‘However, it’s also a time to reflect on how much work there is still left to do, and remember that we must never be complacent about the progress of LGBT equality.
‘This could not come at a more poignant time, as we reflect on what we have achieved over the past 50 years.
‘Our work will not stop until all LGBT people, in Britain and overseas, are accepted without exception.’