Gay campaign group Stonewall's 2004 Equality Walk is going to be held in Brighton this
The walk was launched at a champagne reception by comedian Paul O'Grady
"Get off your asses and help Stonewall win partnership rights," said the creator of
Lily Savage, "It's just a short stroll!"
Paul, creator of Lily Savage, and a constellation of other celebrities are backing
Stonewall's latest effort to raise thousands of pounds for the campaign for
partnership rights. Last year's Equality Walk in New York raised over £40,000 for
campaigns for lesbian, gay and bisexual equality.
Photo © Nicky Johnston.
This year's 10 km sponsored walk in Brighton will be held on Bank Holiday Sunday 2 May.
Starting at 2pm on the seafront, it will head past the famous West Pier, through
Brighton's gay village and finish at the Royal Pavilion. The day will climax with
a fantastic celebrity party co-hosted by Brighton & Hove Pride and a special
benefit night at Wild Fruit.
"This is a critical year," says Stonewall Chief Executive Ben Summerskill.
"Same sex partnership
rights are a very real possibility and could bring massive social and cultural change.
But victory is by no means certain. We need to raise funds to ensure that our campaign is as
effective as possible."
"We're absolutely delighted to be holding the first ever UK Equality Walk in Brighton,
one of the UK's most diverse cities. We're expecting people to join us from
all over the country.|
Already offering their support along with Paul O'Grady are Sir
Ian McKellen, Lesley Garrett and Amanda Barrie (right) so you'll be in great
"Please help us win our greatest victory yet - partnership rights - potentially
one of the most important human rights successes of our lifetime," says Stonewall
co-founder Sir Ian McKellen. "Join me in supporting Stonewall's campaign for partnership
rights and be a part of history in the making," says Lesley Garrett. "It
seems perfectly simple to me if you share in a life you should have all the rights that go with it - please,
please help Stonewall achieve this. " said Amanda
To join Stonewall in Brighton in May, all you have to do is pay a £25 registration
fee and you're off. To make the weekend as enjoyable as possible there are big rewards
if you raise certain levels of sponsorship including discounts on tickets in the
Brighton Festival which opens that weekend, free travel on South Central Trains
from London to Brighton, Brighton's favourite Italian restaurant Donatello's are
offering free dinners and champagne from the event sponsors Mayfair Cellars.
Get more details of the 2004 Equality Walk at www.stonewall.org.uk.