What you can do

Our Year And our Impact

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Developing and mobilising our political networks is instrumental in helping us drive forward legislative equality.”

Paul Twocock

Director of Campaigns, Policy and Research


70 PARLIAMENTARIANS MET WITH US

We’ve met more than 70 parliamentarians throughout Britain to ensure LGBT equality is part of their work and gave evidence to parliamentary committees on topics including homophobia in sport and blood donation.

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Working closely with LGBT activists in other countries, we ensured the UK Government raised key LGBT rights concerns at the United Nations Human Rights Council.”

Alysha Khambay

International Officer

MADE RECOMENDATIONS AT THE UN HUMAN RIGHTS COUNCIL ON THE LGBT HUMAN RIGHTS SITUATION IN 9 COUNTRIES

We currently engage with UN institutions at various levels, including policy work around the Universal Periodic Review (UPR), the Human Rights Council (HRC), and the post-2015 development agenda. Our work is mostly focused on encouraging the UK Government and its allies to consistently defend LGBT rights within these institutions, but we also contribute to the development of best practice more broadly.

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It was fantastic to work with PinkNews and Pride in London for this key event during the campaign and amazing to see so many people tune in online.”


Jo Garwood

Head of Digital

230 PEOPLE TOOK PART IN LGBT HUSTINGS DURING THE GENERAL ELECTION

More than 230 people took part in the LGBT hustings which Stonewall co-organised during the General Election campaign in May. Over 25,000 people saw the event live on social media.

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We helped to launch the UK Alliance for Global Equality so we can more effectively promote and support global LGBT rights together with our partners.”

Sara Hall

Head of International Campaigns and Policy

8 CAMPAIGN GROUPS FORMED THE UK ALLIANCE FOR GLOBAL EQUALITY

The eight founding members of UKAGE are Stonewall, Human Dignity Trust, UKLGIG, International HIV/Aids Alliance, Kaleidoscope Trust, Stop Aids, AllOut and Commonwealth HIV& AIDS Action Group. Alongside these, three new members were appointed at the last UKAGE meeting, African Rainbow Family, Equality Network and Plan UK.

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Without our amazing supporters from across the country, we couldn’t have reached almost half of all parliamentary candidates. Thank you!”

Ben Kremer

Senior Email Marketing Officer

1,600 GENERAL ELECTION CANDIDATES CONTACTED BY STONEWALL SUPPORTERS ASKING THEM TO BACK LGBT EQUALITY

One thousand six hundred General Election candidates received emails from our supporters asking them to back Stonewall’s priorities for LGBT equality in the next Parliament.

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Consultations are a vital way we provide Government with our expertise on a range of policy areas.”

Paul Twocock

Director of Campaigns, Policy and Research

37 GOVERNMENT CONSULTATIONS RESPONDED TO ACROSS ENGLAND, SCOTLAND AND WALES

We responded to 37 government consultations across England, Scotland and Wales, covering a broad range of areas such as tackling anti-LGBT hate crime and protecting LGBT rights after our exit from the EU.

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This was an important milestone helping to draw a line under the damage caused to thousands of lives.”

Tom Morrison

Policy Officer

1 APOLOGY SECURED FROM THE UK GOVERNMENT FOR HISTORICAL CONVICTIONS OF GAY AND BI MEN

We secured one apology from the UK Government to all gay and bi men persecuted under historical anti-gay sexual offences, pardons for all those convicted under laws no longer in place today, and improvements to the system to delete old discriminatory convictions from the criminal record.

Our Future Plans

UNCERTAIN POLITICAL ENVIRONMENT

Our Response :

Ensure that the UK government is committed to maintaining and protecting laws that are already in place to ensure equality for LGBT people. Where LGBT people continue to face discrimination and inequalities in law, we will do everything in our power to change this. This includes vital changes that must be made to ensure equality for trans people.

IMPACT OF LEAVING THE EU

Our Response :

We must build strong cross-party relationships and show the governments of the UK that LGBT issues will help them to gain cross-party support, and are firmly in the public interest, especially after we leave the EU.

UPDATED LEGISALATION FOR TRANS PEOPLE

Our Response :

We must ensure the UK and Scottish governments fulfil their commitment to review the Gender Recognition Act (GRA) and introduce new legislation to grant full legal recognition to trans and non-binary people.

THE INTERNATIONAL LANDSCAPE FOR LGBT PEOPLE

Our Response :

We must work with and learn from international LGBT communities, to ensure we can help them have maximum impact in their countries, and we must share our experiences with them. We will continue to influence the UK government to put global LGBT rights at the heart of its foreign policy and international development agenda, as directed by the priorities and advice of international LGBT activists.

LGBT-INCLUSIVE RELATIONSHIPS & SEX EDUCATION

Our Response :

We have a responsibility and opportunity to improve LGBT equality in schools through the introduction of LGBT-inclusive compulsory RSE. We must ensure education reform in Scotland does not dilute calls for inclusive education and the recommendations of the Scottish Government LGBT Inclusive Education Working Group are delivered.

INCREASE CONSEQUENCES OF LGBT-RELATED HATE CRIME

Our Response :

It is essential that LGBT hate crimes are brought into line with hate crimes based on race and faith, by making them aggravated offences. This would increase the maximum sentence available to judges on conviction. In Scotland, we must work to ensure current protections for LGBT people are not diluted but strengthened as part of the Scottish Government Hate Crime Review.