Out In The City
John Whaite joins Equality Walk
Campaigning charity Stonewall has announced that the celebrity hosts of the 2014 Brighton Equality Walk – which will take place in the south coast city on Sunday 11 May – will be BBC presenter and DJ Adele Roberts and Great British Bake Off winner, John Whaite [pictured left]. Adele and John will be at the starting line to cheer on hundreds of Stonewall supporters raising money for the lesbian, gay and bisexual equality charity’s campaign: ‘Gay. Let’s Get the Meaning Straight’. The campaign is tackling anti-gay language in schools across Britain.
Last year Adele [pictured right], who first came to public attention on the 2002 series of Big Brother, fronted Coming Out – a documentary on BBC Radio 1 – which gave a snapshot of what it's like for young people to come out as lesbian, gay or bisexual in the UK today. She has a regular show on Radio 1Xtra. John won the 2012 series of hit BBC series the Great British Bake Off and has since launched and exclusive artisan chocolate shop, The Hungry Dog Artisan Chocolates. He has also written two books on baking, with the most recent – John Whaite Bakes at Home – being published earlier this year.
Adele said: ‘It’s shocking that in 2014 nearly all gay young people still hear homophobic language like ‘that’s so gay’ when they go to school. That’s why supporting the Equality Walk is so important to me; it’s in aid of Stonewall’s crucial latest campaign to tackle homophobic language. Many people who casually use these terms don’t intentionally mean to be offensive but they cause hurt and distress. I urge lesbian, gay and bisexual people near and far to support this event.’
John said: ‘Too many children still fear going to school because of the abuse and bullying they suffer. No-one should be made to feel ashamed of who they are and how they were born. That is why I’m really excited and proud to support Stonewall’s Equality Walk and to help raise money so they can continue working with both primary and secondary schools up and down the country.’
The 10k Brighton Equality Walk – supported by American Express – takes place on Sunday 11 May. Registration for the event costs just £10 and under-12s can walk for free. For more information and to register visit: www.equalitywalk.org.uk
Posted: 28 April 2014