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Stuff that’s caught DIVA’S eye plus a word from Ruth Hunt

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Over the last 25 years Stonewall has worked for legal equal­ity for les­bian, gay and bi­sex­ual peo­ple. There are times when we’ve had to keep it sim­ple and start from the be­gin­ning; ex­plain­ing for in­stance that some peo­ple are gay, and we re­ally do feel that folk should start get­ting over it. Les­bians and bi­sex­ual women have played a cru­cial role in this rapid pe­riod of so­cial and legal change, of­ten putting our re­sources and en­er­gies to­wards se­cur­ing laws that had no im­pact on us di­rectly (such as the equal age of con­sent). We knew we were part of a big­ger move­ment work­ing to­wards equal­ity. Our chal­lenges are now more nu­anced. We have to ex­plain that a les­bian can be a les­bian even if she has chil­dren. That a bi­sex­ual woman is still bi­sex­ual if she mar­ries a man. Trans women, les­bians and bi­sex­ual women have some­thing unique to add to the dis­cus­sions about gen­der in­equal­ity. We can learn from each other, cel­e­brate our dif­fer­ences and join to­gether to shine a light on in­equal­i­ties. That’s why I was proud to an­nounce that Stonewall will now be­come an LGBT char­ity. We achieve more to­gether than apart. And if we are truly go­ing to end ha­tred and bigotry against us, we need to stand to­gether too. Stonewall will stand up to trans­pho­bia, ho­mo­pho­bia and bi­pho­bia, wher­ever and who­ever it comes from. We won’t be by­standers. If you want to help us, join the move­ment for ac­cep­tance with­out ex­cep­tion. stonewall.org.uk @ruth_hunt

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