It’s time to come out for #StonewallSeason

The annual LGBT celebration kicks off next week.



Clear your diary because Stonewall’s week-long celebration of LGBT equality kicks off on Monday. Running from 2 - 8 October, Stonewall Season aims to bring communities together, empowering people to come out in support of LGBT inclusion by organising a range of events, including bake sales, film screenings, sporting activities and club nights.


Throughout the week, "Equali-teas" will be thrown across England, encouraging LGBT people and their friends, families and colleagues to get together for a cup of tea, some cake and a discussion of the big issues facing the LGBT community.


Organisations including Channel 4, the University of Birmingham and the Hard Rock Café in Edinburgh are taking part in the packed programme of events.


Here are just a few of the highlights:


Oct 2: Out Thinkers - LGBT Science from LGBT Scientists
Oct 4: Law, Justice and LGBTQ Lives: Stonewall Season: Lunchtime Discussion Workshop at the National Justice Museum                       
Oct 5: Channel 4 - Tackling Homophobia in Sport 
Oct 5: Berwin Leighton Paisner Annual LGBT* Allies Anniversary party, with speaker Denise Welch  
Oct 5: Moonlight film screening University of Birmingham
Oct 6: Hard Rock Does Unplugged - Nirvana
Oct 6: Equali-tea for Opening Doors London      
Oct 7: Let’s Talk Trans, A Christian perspective
Oct 12: School Ground Sounds Presents Diversity Platform       


Louise Smith, Director of Fundraising at Stonewall, told us:


"As well as getting people together to have a good time, there’s a serious point to the Season. We need to work as part of a wider community to reach an even wider group of people with our positive message of LGBT inclusion.

"We can never be complacent about the rights we have worked so hard to win, and with so much change happening in Britain and around the world, we need to make sure LGBT equality stays high on the agenda."


Find out more about Stonewall Season at



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