This page contains a Flash digital edition of a book.
COMMUNITY


Stonewall’s Brighton Equality Walk is once again upon us – but it’s not too late to register and take part…


Stonewall’s ever-popular Brighton Equality Walk returns on Bank Holiday Sunday 6 May. The Walk, now in its ninth year, attracted over 500 people last year, all walking to support the charity’s work to secure equality for lesbian, gay and bisexual people. Supported by American Express and with media partner Square Peg Media – publishers of g3, Out in the City and Out News – the Walk this year supports Stonewall’s Education for All programme – making schools safe and supportive for all children.


Out in the City caught up with Pascal


Guinard, Vice President & General Manager – Business Development, GNS EMEA at American Express to find out why supporting the Equality Walk is so important to them: “Our involvement in the Brighton


Equality Walk is important to American Express, not only as one of the largest employers in the region, but also as an employer that is wholly committed to developing and supporting a diverse workforce. We are delighted to be able to lend our support to this great event once again.”


“I have been on the walk a number of


times, and I never fail to be surprised by the way that the community of Brighton comes together; it’s a fantastic occasion. Even the weather has not spoilt the party in the past; it seems like everyone is determined to have a good time for what is clearly a good cause.” “American Express has a long-standing commitment to equality for all staff and has developed a number of internal ‘networks’ that provide help, support and advice for staff that wish to take part. One such network is the Pride Network, which looks out for the wellbeing and development of our GLBT staff members. Through Pride, American Express has developed a number of successful initiatives to help support employees, such as its global mentoring programme, leadership seminars and other more social activities.”


The TV celebrities hosting this year’s


event are Casualty’s Jane Hazlegrove, and TOWIE’s Harry Derbidge. Joining them on the starting line is the Mayor of Brighton and Hove, Councillor Anne Meadows, and representatives from Sussex Police. For Jane, the Walk isn’t just about raising money for the gay equality charity: “There may be lesbian, gay or bisexual people struggling with coming out, and


38 WWW.OUTMAG.CO.UK


BRIGHTON UP YOUR BANK HOLIDAY!


seeing so many different gay people walking together is really positive and reassuring. It might even encourage them to take part next year.” Jane


decided to host the Equality Walk “Because of Stonewall’s work in schools. Children should feel safe and supported in school. Stonewall’s work to achieve this is vital – anti-gay language and bullying affects all young people, and it needs to be tackled.”


Pascal Guinard The 10K walk takes in the highlights of


the area, including the West Pier and Kemp Town on a route designed by BLAGSS; Brighton’s lesbian and gay sporting society. “There’s something for everyone in this


Registration for the Equality Walk costs just £10 and under-12s walk free. The Top Fundraiser this year will win a luxury weekend for two in Paris, with Eurostar travel, accommodation in a four-star hotel and €500 spending money. And there’s also a prize for the Top Fundraising Team for network groups and teams of friends walking together. The Top Team prize is hotly contested every year, with EYGLES – the network group from Ernst & Young (Stonewall’s 2012 Employer of the Year) – claiming the title in 2011.


year’s Brighton Walk – whether you come down on your own or walk in a group. There’s pre-Walk entertainment including face-painting and live music, a 10k route that takes in the best of Brighton, and an after-party where you can relax with hundreds of other walkers,” says Catherine Bosworth, Stonewall Director of Fundraising. “Over 500 people walked for equality in 2011, the most ever, and this year we’re hoping that even more supporters will join us at the starting line.”


To register for the Brighton Equality Walk visit www. equalitywalk.org.uk or call 020 7593 1875.


Page 1  |  Page 2  |  Page 3  |  Page 4  |  Page 5  |  Page 6  |  Page 7  |  Page 8  |  Page 9  |  Page 10  |  Page 11  |  Page 12  |  Page 13  |  Page 14  |  Page 15  |  Page 16  |  Page 17  |  Page 18  |  Page 19  |  Page 20  |  Page 21  |  Page 22  |  Page 23  |  Page 24  |  Page 25  |  Page 26  |  Page 27  |  Page 28  |  Page 29  |  Page 30  |  Page 31  |  Page 32  |  Page 33  |  Page 34  |  Page 35  |  Page 36  |  Page 37  |  Page 38  |  Page 39  |  Page 40  |  Page 41  |  Page 42  |  Page 43  |  Page 44  |  Page 45  |  Page 46  |  Page 47  |  Page 48  |  Page 49  |  Page 50  |  Page 51  |  Page 52  |  Page 53  |  Page 54  |  Page 55  |  Page 56  |  Page 57  |  Page 58  |  Page 59  |  Page 60  |  Page 61  |  Page 62  |  Page 63  |  Page 64  |  Page 65  |  Page 66  |  Page 67  |  Page 68