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    First Published: April 2004
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Gay campaign group Stonewall's 2004 Equality Walk is going to be held in Brighton this May.
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 company."

"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 Barrie.

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.

 

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