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Stonewall turns 30 #ComeOutForLGBT

Stonewall turns 30 #ComeOutForLGBT


We were founded 30 years ago by a group of people who wanted to break down barriers to equality.

Back in 1989, a piece of legislation called Section 28 had just been passed. It effectively banned conversations about same-sex relationships in school, forcing LGBT teachers into the closet or out of a job and scarring a generation of young LGBT people.

Stonewall was created to fight this discrimination.

Over the past 30 years we’ve made a big difference to the lives of LGBT people here and around the world. In the UK, the LGBT movement has won employment rights. Parenting rights. Partnership rights. An equal age of consent.

To celebrate this, we’ve picked our favourite 30 moments of equality and we’ll be highlighting these ‘star’ moments throughout this year.

There’s lots for us to celebrate – but there’s also lots for us to do before we achieve our mission of acceptance without exception.



Donate today

We’ve come a long way in the last 30 years, but the fight for LGBT equality is far from over. Donate today to help our hopes for the future come true.

Celebrating 30 years

As part of Stonewall’s 30th birthday celebrations, we have picked some of the key moments for LGBT people and their families in the last 30 years. What about you - what's your #LGBTmoment?

Hold an Equali-Tea

Getting a group of people together over a cup of tea is a great way to start conversations about LGBT equality. Whether jasmine, Earl Grey or English breakfast is your bag, why not have a go at raising money at your next tea morning, meeting or party? Make it more than just a bake sale and support our work towards acceptance without exception. We will send you a free fundraising pack when you sign up!

I want to organise an Equali-Tea

Our History

On 24 May 1988 a new piece of legislation called Section 28 was passed, posing a major threat to LGBT equality. It effectively banned conversations about same-sex relationships in schools and forced many LGBT teachers into the closet or out of a job. It deprived LGBT young people of role models and scarred generations.

Exactly a year later, we were founded to fight this discrimination.

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