600 supporters come together in Brighton to celebrate LGBT equality
Brighton’s community station Radio Reverb host Pavillion Gardens entertainment
Community raise over £30,000 to support Stonewall’s work with young people
Rachel Nwokoro and Brighton Gay Man’s Chorus among performers
Stonewall, the lesbian, gay, bi and trans equality charity, led around 700 people around Brighton at its Equality Walk on Sunday 8 May.
The Walk, which is the charity’s largest annual community-based event, took to Brighton for its sixth consecutive year to raise awareness of LGBT equality and the issues faced by the lesbian, gay, bi and trans community.
Ruth Hunt, CEO, Stonewall said: ‘The Equality Walk is an important time to come together as a community to be visible and to celebrate the LGBT 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 lesbian, gay, bi and trans equality.
‘This could not come at a more poignant time, after the violent homophobic attack we’ve witnessed this week on a same sex couple in Brighton, a city renowned for celebrating diversity and inclusion.
‘We are standing by the side of all lesbian, gay, bi and trans people who have experienced discrimination, abuse or even violence simply for being who they are. And our work will continue until all lesbian, gay, bi and trans people, in Britain and overseas, are accepted without exception.’
Brighton’s Deputy Lord Mayor opened the proceedings, alongside Stonewall CEO Ruth Hunt and Tamsin Bartlett, a teacher from a Stonewall School Champion secondary school.
In addition to the walk, entertainment in Brighton’s Pavillion Gardens was hosted throughout the day by Brighton community station Radio Reverb 97.2fm.
Performers included spoken word artist and UK SLAM! Champion Rachel Nwokoro and singing acts Pete the Barber and Brighton’s Gay Men’s Chorus.
Kathy Caton, Producer, Radio Reverb said: ‘It was an absolute pleasure and an honour for Radio Reverb 97.2fm to be asked to be involved in the Stonewall Equality Walk. As the presenter of Brighton's only LGBTQ radio show, I feel representation, visibility and solidarity are absolutely vital - and that the work is far from done. We live in an age where to call someone or something 'gay' is the ultimate playground insult, and I fully support Stonewall's work in schools to challenge, educate and inspire around this.
‘In addition to Out In Brighton, Radio Reverb also hosts the UK's first regular show by and for the Trans community, Time 4 T, and HIV Happy Hour, again the UK's first regular show dedicated to living positively with HIV. At Reverb, we have more LGBTQI presenters, producers and topics on air than any other station, and we are dedicated to getting the voices of our community heard. There was an amazing turn out on the day, with great representation from across the spectrum, and with every penny raised going towards the vital work of Stonewall in schools, working hard for lasting change.’
Money raised by those taking part in either the 10K or family friendly 3K route will help support Stonewall’s work in schools and with young people.
Stonewall currently works with over 2,000 schools, equipping teachers with the tools to train their colleagues on how to prevent and tackle homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying, and create inclusive spaces for all young people.
The organisation also runs a number of youth programmes for young people who want to learn how to campaign for equality in their local communities and how to step up as role models in their place of work.