The LGBT charity Stonewall’s largest annual community event is taking place in Brighton & Hove on Sunday 8 May in Brighton and will focus on education and the impact of bullying in schools in the UK.
Stonewall’s Equality Walk is a family day (10K or 3K for families) that sets off around Brighton from 2pm and takes place in the city each year for a day of fundraising, fitness and entertainment on a stage hosted by local radio station RadioReverb.
With over 700 people expected to register and take part in the Equality Walk this year, the charity have set their sights on a fundraising target of £40,000 to help them continue to provide their vital services.
Every year, thousands of lesbian, gay, bi and trans young people grow up feeling isolated and alone just because of who they are. Last year Stonewall sent more than 50 LGBT role models to visit schools across the UK to share their personal stories with thousands of students and teachers.
Matt Horwood, Senior Communications Officer for Stonewall, said: “Our focus for the 2016 Equality Walk is our work in education – each year 75,000 young people are bullied for being gay and 21,000 will attempt suicide.
“99 per cent of young people still hear ‘that’s so gay’ used as an insult, and nine in ten secondary school teachers have witnessed homophobic bullying in their schools, as well as half of teachers in primary schools.
“Stonewall currently works with 2,000 schools, upskilling teachers to train other teaching staff around how to prevent and tackle this type of behaviour, and create and sustain inclusive environments in the classroom, playground and corridors
“But there are 22,000 other schools in Britain that we haven’t reached yet, and it’s essential that we do. Your support and the money raised through our Equality Walk will help us continue this vital work we do!”
Activities and entertainment will take place throughout the day in the Pavillion Gardens, from midday until 6pm and will feature the Brighton Gay Men’s Chorus, Phil the Singing Barber, an award-winning spoken word artist and more.
The entertainment stage will be hosted by RadioReverb and food and drinks stalls will be available throughout the day, in addition to family friendly activities like face painting.
Stonewall receives no core government funding and relies entirely on voluntary donations so every penny raised towards the Equality Walk can help make a difference in the lives of young people.