Eurovision Song Contest 2013 in Malmö, Sweden will be the 58th broadcast of the annual musical spectacular. This year, join in on the theme of ‘We Are One’ by bringing together friends, colleagues or neighbours for a Eurovision party in aid of Stonewall.
Celebrate the Eurovision Song Contest on 18 May with a fabulous party in aid of Stonewall. Hosting a party doesn’t need to mean loads of work – we’ve designed invitations to send to guests and hilarious games to be played throughout the night. Eurovision presenter Graham Norton has even lent us his favourite party recipes for you to try out! Or, model Eurovision host country Sweden, and have a smorgasbord with each guest bringing along a dish! We’ve provided you with all the tools you need to make your party a success. You can enjoy the fun of Eurovision knowing you’re helping to support thousands of lesbian, gay and bisexual people at the same time.
Zoe Lyons, one of the UK’s favourite comedians, will host Stonewall’s 2013 Brighton Equality Walk. Zoe, a Brightonian herself, will also be at the start line to spur on the hundreds of supporters raising money for the gay equality charity’s work to tackle anti-gay bullying in schools.
Speaking as registrations for this year’s Walk topped 100, Zoe said: ‘It’s 2013 – anti-gay bullying in schools just shouldn’t be happening. It’s shocking that young people in schools still have to go through this – and Stonewall’s work tackling homophobic bullying is absolutely crucial. That’s why I’m proud to be hosting this year’s Brighton Equality Walk and I urge lesbian, gay and bisexual people near and far to support this event.’
The Walk, supported by American Express, returns to Brighton on Bank Holiday Sunday 5 May. Now in its tenth year, the Walk has raised nearly £400,000 for Stonewall’s Education for All Programme – and over 600 people participated in 2012.
For more information and to register please visit www.equalitywalk.org.uk or call Maria-Anna on 020 7593 2294.
Get fit, sporty and have fun. Put on your running shoes and join the Stonewall team for the Brighton Marathon.
Don’t miss out on your chance to run next year, contact Reiko at email@example.com for information on how to run for Stonewall.
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Thank you to the Stonewall supporters who ran for Stonewall in the 2012 Brighton Marathon, together they raised an amazing £5,000!
Lance Corporal James Wharton, one of the eight supporters who took part in the Brighton Marathon for Stonewall in 2011, completed the marathon in 4 hours 52 minutes.
A slightly tired James Wharton said after the marathon: ‘It was a pleasure to run for a cause I’m passionate about – although pounding the streets in camouflage trousers and army boots in temperatures over 20 degrees was as hard as any army mission I’ve completed!’
Join hundreds of Stonewall supporters for the 10th annual Brighton Equality Walk and help stamp out homophobia in British schools.
Though we’ve made great strides for equality over the past ten years more than half of gay young people still face homophobic bullying at school. This has to stop.
So, what are you waiting for? By signing up for the Equality Walk you can start raising money for Stonewall’s vital campaign today and help make a brighter future for hundreds of thousands of gay young people.
On Tuesday 5 February MPs will vote on the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill which will extend the legal form of marriage to same-sex couples. This is the first key parliamentary step towards securing marriage equality in England and Wales.
Sadly, we’ve already seen huge amounts of well-funded and often vitriolic opposition to this modest measure. In just the past few months loving and committed same-sex relationships have been publicly compared to bestiality, slavery and child abuse by opponents of equal marriage.
Now is the time to make sure that your voice is heard. So speak now, or forever hold your peace.
What you can do
Write to your MP
MPs will have their first vote on the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill on Tuesday 5 February. Please write to your MP to let them know why you support marriage equality.
You might want to tell them what it would mean for you and your partner. Perhaps you have a son or daughter, an auntie or an uncle or a Mum or Dad who you’d like to see marry the person they love.
All you need to do is write to your local MP to tell them why marriage equality matters to you and why you’d like them to support this Bill.
If you hear back from your MP don’t forget to let us know by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Tweet your MP
Many MPs now communicate with local constituents via Twitter. If you are a regular tweeter you might want to contact your local MP to let them know you support #EqualMarriage.
And don’t forget that you can also share one of our fantastic e-postcards with them!
Send a postcard
Everyone likes receiving something in the post that isn’t their latest gas bill! You can show your support for equality by ordering one of our fantastic postcards to send to your friends, family or local MP.
Show your support for equality online
We have a huge selection of Twitter and Facebook profile pictures, Facebook banners and e-postcards that you can share online. Make sure your friends and family know that you’ve said ‘I Do’ to equal marriage.
Long-term same-sex relationships are being publicly compared to bestiality, slavery and child abuse by opponents of equal marriage – who will stop at almost nothing to prevent Britain’s lesbian, gay and bisexual people from enjoying this last measure of equality. Organised opposition from groups such as the so-called Coalition for Marriage and the Catholic Church is attempting to gain momentum and media coverage to whip up a public frenzy.
We know this campaign will only intensify over the coming weeks and months, making it critical that we make sure the voices of Britain’s 3.7 million gay people are heard above the bigotry and ignorance.
Your donation will help us tackle this very well-funded campaign against equality and help us continue to push for the extension of the legal form of marriage to same-sex couples.
Become a Friend of Stonewall
We’ll be campaigning hard over the coming months to ensure that MPs and members of the House of Lords support this final modest measure of legislative equality.
We need your help to do this. You can become a Friend of Stonewall by donating just £5 a month.
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We hear from thousands of young people who are being bullied just because of the way they were born. In fact, our research shows that more than half of gay young people are bullied in our schools every day – with two in five attempting or considering suicide as a direct result.
Almost all (99%) gay young people hear the phrases ‘that’s so gay’ or ‘you’re so gay’ in school and 96% hear homophobic language such as ‘poof’ or ‘lezza’. So it’s no wonder that 40% of those being bullied are harming themselves because of it.
Three in five bullied gay pupils say that teachers never intervene – even if they see the bullying taking place.
That’s why Stonewall is working with hundreds of schools across Britain to tackle this huge problem. Your donation will help us continue this vital work.
Our research, free resources and guidance help students and teachers challenge homophobic bullying and our School Champions programme provides tailored support and guidance to primary and secondary schools.
Why not support Stonewall while doing your festive shopping?
Enjoy our equality goodies and support our ongoing work tackling homophobia. But make sure to order before Monday 10 December to receive your gifts in time for Christmas.
After the popularity of our ‘Some people are gay. Get over it!’ campaign we’re giving you the chance to buy your own t-shirt or mug and we’ve even got limited edition greetings cards featuring the buses themselves!
Check out the Stonewall website or click on the images to place your order.
Anti-Bullying Week 19-23 Tachwedd 2012
This year’s theme is ‘We’re better without bullying’ and takes place from 19-23 Tachwedd. We’ll be using the whole month to raise funds and awarenessfor our Education for All campaign to tackle homophobic bullying in schools. Please join us!
We have lots of ideas for raising funds and awareness, you could even win the chance to meet Sir Ian McKellen!
But feel free to think of your own – we’d love to hear about them and support you in any way we can.
Do your homework!
Take part in our campaign urging schools to tackle homophobic bullying. Click here to write to your old or local school and you could win these amazing prizes!
- Meet Sir Ian McKellen! Join Sir Ian on a Stonewall Role Model School Visit and meet the star over coffee afterwards. Your chance to see our anti-bullying work in action.
- Tickets to ITV’s Dancing on Ice in January. Thank you to the lovely people at ITV!
- A luxury Whole Foods hamper – worth £170! Thank you to Whole Foods Market Piccadilly Circus for donating this prize.
Please encourage all your friends and family to Do their Homework – together we can make schools a better place for all young people.
Say cappucci-no to bullying!
Hold a coffee morning in aid of Stonewall and ask your friends / colleagues / family to donate £1 per coffee. Why not drink out of your very own ‘Some people are gay. Get over it!’ Stonewall mug (£8.95 including delivery). Make sure to send us your pics!
Become a Friend of Stonewall
From just £5 per month you can help us tackle homophobic bullying all year round. Become a Friend during November and we’ll send you a free Stonewall mug.
Please let us know if we can help you prepare for any anti-bullying activities! Contact Roxi on email@example.com or 020 7593 2827 and we can provide you with collection tins, posters, stickers and balloons.
Click here for more information on why we need your support during Anti-Bullying Week and what your donations will help us to achieve.
Last week Stonewall released the eighth edition of Starting Out, Britain’s lesbian, gay and bisexual Careers Guide both online and in print.
Starting Out – supported by Credit Suisse – features profiles of 425 employers from sectors including banking, defence, retail and local government. All the employers listed are members of Stonewall’s Diversity Champions programme, and are committed to making their workplaces gay-friendly. The guide is targeted at the 150,000 lesbian, gay and bisexual students in Britain, as well as all discerning jobseekers and graduates.
Colleen Humphrey, Stonewall Director of Workplace said: ‘We know people perform better when they can be themselves, and the number of employers featured in Starting Out shows they know this too. Every employer featured is eager to recruit the very best in lesbian, gay and bisexual talent. They all know that creating a fully supportive and inclusive work environment makes sound business sense because when staff achieve their full potential, businesses clearly benefit.’
15,000 copies of Starting Out are being distributed to students’ unions, university career services, employment agencies and university lesbian and gay societies and sixth forms across Britain. Job seekers can also access an interactive Starting Out online, which includes current jobs vacancies from Proud Employers – helping jobseekers quickly identify the opportunities they are interested in.
Starting Out is available online at www.startingoutguide.org.uk Free copies are also available by contacting Stonewall’s freephone InfoLine: 08000 50 20 20.
The Stonewall Awards celebrate the outstanding contribution of individuals and groups towards lesbian, gay and bisexual equality, in the past year.
Date: 1 Tachwedd 2012
Venue: Victoria & Albert Museum
Tickets: £155 plus VAT
Taking place in the magnificent Raphael Gallery of the Victoria & Albert Museum, this year’s Awards exemplify the individuals and organisations which are critical in ensuring a positive representation of gay people in the media today, one of Stonewall’s key priorities.
Guests will enjoy a champagne and canapé reception before moving through for the presentation. Winners in ten categories will include Politician of the Year and Entertainer of the Year and will be voted on by our panel of judges – Broadcaster Alice Arnold; Channel 4 News Culture Editor Matthew Cain; England rugby star Ben Cohen; Author Val McDermid and UK Black Pride MD Phyll Opoku-Gyimah.
The evening continues until 10.30pm with more champagne, food and entertainment.
Please note that spaces are limited and we expect tickets to sell out quickly.
For further information, please call Kimberley Mitchell, Events Manager, on 020 7593 2826 or e-mail Kimberley.Mitchell@stonewall.org.uk