What happened to Stonewall UK?

Stonewall UK was founded in 1989, at the height of the AIDS crisis, as a charity/lobbying group to champion the rights of Lesbians & Gay Men. Its founding members included Michael Cashman, Simon Fanshawe, and Hollywood megastar Ian McKellan. It of course took its name from the Gay Bar in New York, the scene of a number of riots and demonstrations which helped progress the gay rights movement in the USA (I guess there wasn’t a sexy enough UK-relevant name for them to grab) . Generally seen as a ‘force for good’ by progressives and left-wingers, Stonewall has been at the forefront of gay & lesbian rights in the UK for the last 3 decades. As well as being instrumental in things like equalising age of consent and allowing gay men to work in the military (but note, not gay marriage), their ‘Some people are gay, get over it!’ campaign was simple but incredibly effective…

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