Stonewall Season will run from 1 – 10 November at venues across Britain
Events will include panel debates, film screenings and club nights
The Season will culminate in an exhibition and auction of bespoke art by names including Marc Quinn, Gareth Pugh and Henry Holland
Stonewall, the lesbian, gay, bi and trans equality charity has just announced its brand new festival of events, Stonewall Season, which will take place between 1 – 10 November in venues across Britain and is kindly supported by Visa.
Created to celebrate LGBT life and culture, Stonewall Season will feature a range of events, from film screenings, to panel discussions, club nights and a closing event at the Tanner Warehouse on trendy Bermondsey Street.
Stonewall Season will launch on 1 November in Manchester, with a panel discussion held at the University of Manchester, with speakers including Coronation Street’s Daniel Brocklebank, trans activist Charlie Craggs and representatives from Manchester-based groups Proud Trust and Rainbow Noir.
It will culminate in a spectacular closing event, with an exhibition and auction of bespoke works of art created by some of Britain’s best-known artists from across the creative industries including Marc Quinn, Henry Holland and Gareth Pugh.
Brands, businesses, media outlets, schools and community groups across Britain are being asked to take part in in the Season by hosting fundraising activities throughout the week.
Gok Wan, Depop, KU Bar, The Royal Airforce, GayStarNews and Barefoot Wines are just some of those who will be supporting the Season in some way, shape or form.
Ruth Hunt, Chief Executive, Stonewall said:
‘We have seen lots of discussion around LGBT safe spaces this year, as a range of the community’s best-loved events and venues have come under attack or have had to close down.
‘It’s vital that we all do whatever we can to change that, and I’m delighted that our Stonewall Season will help enable individuals and groups across the country to create spaces that are welcoming of and celebrate our wonderful and diverse lesbian, gay, bi and trans community.
We will use the Season to create a moment in time, where LGBT life and culture can be celebrated, and we can come together as a community and its allies to also think more about the work that lies ahead.’
Kevin Jenkins, Managing Director of Visa UK & Ireland said:
‘At Visa we recognise the importance of equality, diversity and inclusion and that’s why we’re proud to sponsor the inaugural Stonewall Season. We’re committed to supporting Stonewall to continue working towards acceptance without exception for all lesbian, gay, bi and trans people. We see the Stonewall Season as the next stage to drive LGBT issues, working to encourage the conversation in all communities across the UK. We’re very proud to stand by Stonewall’s side to achieve this.’
You can get involved in the Season in numerous ways, whether it’s via hosting an event, spreading the work at school or at work or buying a ticket to one of the events taking place.