Hundreds of Stonewall supporters of all ages marched with the charity today at London Community Pride, carrying ‘Say I Do To Equal Marriage’ placards in five languages to support the charity’s campaign for full equality in Britain and worldwide.
Over 150 young people were among the marchers, following Stonewall’s annual Youth Pride Brunch this morning. The Youth Pride Brunch is a major part of Stonewall’s Youth Volunteering Programme, supported by Lloyds Banking Group. During the morning event young people heard a speech from Layton Williams, star of BBC Three’s Bad Education series, who visits schools as part of Stonewall’s Role Models programme.
Stonewall Chief Executive Ben Summerskill said: ‘Today’s parade was a reminder to the world that Britain is a beacon for equality. But while we come closer to securing equal marriage here, we’re painfully aware that for gay people in almost 80 other countries just being themselves puts them at risk of persecution or harm. Today we enjoyed a celebration of equality in Britain. Tomorrow Stonewall’s struggle against homophobia worldwide continues in earnest.’
In nearly 80 countries homosexuality is illegal, and in five people can be executed for being gay. Stonewall works with campaigners worldwide, as well as the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and international partners, to support campaigns for lesbian, gay and bisexual equality. Find out more at www.stonewall.org.uk/international