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STONEWALL’S CEO REFLECTS ON HER FIRST YEAR IN POST

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RUTH HUNT

First tell us about the highlights, Ruth.

The fi rst year has really been about getting Stonewall onto the next level up, so having achieved full legal equality for lesbian, gay and bi people over the last 10 years, lots of people were saying to Stonewall, “What next?” We were acutely aware that it was ok to be gay if you were from a certain background but you still aren’t safe when you go on the night bus, you still let go of your partner’s hand when you turn a corner. Then there are lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people who are not yet able to be themselves in every area of life, whether that’s because of poverty, faith or ethnicity, and Stonewall has a responsibility to go deeper into those communities and not just say, “Are you ok?” but, “Are we ok?” and, “How can we do what we can?” and that’s been key. So we’ve been doing a lot of restructuring of Stonewall: a new mission, vision and values. It’s all about empowering individuals, transforming institutions, changing hearts and minds, and changing the law.

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