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    First Published: May 2004
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Stonewall have just announced a major fundraising initiative. Called The Equality Walk it takes place in New York next year. Basically, it's a sponsored leisurely half-marathon round the Big Apple which ends up at the legendary Stonewall Inn, regarded as the birthplace of gay liberation. It's not all hard work either after the walk you get a special celebrity party thrown in your honour and two free days to shop or just chill.
If you want to take part you'll need to raise 1200 in sponsorship money, but you do have a year to do it. That covers the cost of your flights and accommodation and the balance goes to Stonewall. They say it's only the cost of a large coffee or pack of cigarettes a day. And you can reserve your place on the walk for just 100. Already 60 of the 100 available places have been taken.
The Walk is supported by founder member of Stonewall UK Sir Ian McKellen, who's currently appearing onstage in New York. "I've campaigned with Stonewall from the very beginning. I hope you will help Stonewall campaign for equality by walking the streets of New York....if afterwards you are shopping down Fifth Avenue or cruising in Christopher Street, I'll see you there!"
Amongst those already signed up are Mr Gay and Ms Lesbian UK together with Stonewall Executive Director Angela Mason. Bar group Six Continent are sending a team from each of their bars - The Retro Bar, Rupert Street, Half Way to Heaven, Two Brewers, Black Cap, The Gloucester, Comptons and The Colherne, Christopher Street and the Champion. Also at the launch The Stonewall Bar in Lewisham presented Angela with 1000, the first payment towards a team of ten representing the pub.

We'll be keeping you up to date with news about The Equality Walk and you can get more details from the Equality Walk Hotline on 020 7881 9443 or visit Stonewall.org.uk.


Drag Queens started the Stonewall Riot so it's only fitting that 5 signed up on launch night to do the walk. 13.1 miles in those heels, imagine!

 

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