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Stonewall Equality Dinner 2016

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24th March 2016

Stonewall Equality Dinner

The time was upon again for the Stonewall Equality Dinner.  I invited my guests to join me which is my third year hosting a table at this fabulous event.  I have been an ambassador of its work for several years and I look forward to contributing to the cause for as long as I can.

Speakers on the night included actor Malcolm Sinclair, rugby player Keegan Hirst, Chair of Stonewall’s Board of Trustees; Group Brand Director at Aviva, Jan Gooding, and the dedicated CEO Ruth Hunt.

Keegan Hirst talked about his own experience coming out in a masculine driven industry and his thoughts about other athletes who may be remaining in the closet in fear of bruising their careers.

“Our message to the world and to athletes isn’t we want you to come out, it’s when you’re ready we will be here and we’ll support you.”

Sir Ian McKellen was amongst the crowd and the one and only retail guru Mary Portas; just to name a few famous faces.

Though this was a night to celebrate the great success Stonewall has done for the LGBT+ community, it was also a night for them to raise funds for the year ahead. It was a thrilling battle of bidding during the live auction of which I completely failed to win: the three-night stay in a luxury penthouse in the Mediterranean island Valetta or the three glorious year’s supply of Ben and Jerry’s ice-cream.  They raised £410,000 that evening which is amazing.

Ruth Hunt, Chief Executive of Stonewall, concluded the speeches; ‘It’s vital that we continue our work so that all lesbian, gay, bi and trans people in every country, community hospital and school, are free to be themselves and are accepted without exception.’

It was a truly inspiring evening that never fails to disappoint.  Roll on 2017….

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