Monday, 4 May 2009
Some People Are Gay. Get Over It.
Yesterday I had the privilege of joining Hanover and Elm Grove Green Party Councillor Vicky Wakefield-Jarrett for a 10 km walk around Brighton and Hove to raise money for LGBT rights charity Stonewall.
Between us we raised about £250 - and it'll be used to help fund the production of a DVD about homophobic bullying which Stonewall hopes to give to every secondary school in the country.
It was a fantastic route - most walkers were visitors and the stroll gave a wonderful showcase of the citys charms, along the seafront from the Pavilion to Hove Lawns, back along Western Road, up to Seven Dials, down to the Station, Trafalgar Street and the Old Steine before heading up St James's Street to Kemptown Village and back to nightclub Legends for the after-walk party.
Obviously though the walk wasn't really about taking in the sights, but raising cash for Stonwall's Education For All campaign and it's efforts to stamp out homophobic bullying.
It's a massive problem - and life-destroying, literally, in some cases. Schools can be pretty cruel and scary places if you're on the wrong side of any bullying - and if you're LGBT it can be so much worse. Even here in relatively-tolerant Brighton it's rife, according to local charity Spectrum's Count Me in Too report into LGBT people's lives - and needs - here in the city.
I hope Stonewall reach their target.
The picture shows me and Vicky with Derek Munn, Stonewall's Director of Public Affairs.