Brighton’s Chief Superintendent has joined the line-up for the start of this year’s Equality Walk. The Walk, which takes place on Sunday May 2 – in the middle of the Bank Holiday – supports Stonewall’s Education for All programme which tackles anti-gay bullying in our schools.

Chief Superintendent Graham Bartlett will join the Deputy Mayor of Brighton & Hove, Councillor Garry Peltzer Dunn at the start of the Walk. They’ll be alongside Guinevere Turner – American actress and screenwriter of ‘Go Fish’ and the ‘L Word’ – and Rikki Beadle-Blair, director of FIT Stonewall’s anti-bullying film for schools. The Brighton Equality Walk is supported by American Express and Pepe Vazquez-Mendez, Head of their UK Operations will also attend the Walk’s opening.

Registration for the Walk is £10 and there is a prize for the top fundraiser; a weekend break for two in Paris, travelling business class by Eurostar, a two night stay in a four star hotel and £500 spending money.

This year the Brighton Equality Walk is in aid of Stonewall’s work with Primary Schools. Stonewall’s developing a series of resources to help primary school teachers understand and celebrate different families – including posters for schools, a training DVD for primary school teachers and information about stories that reflect modern lives.

Michaela Greene, Stonewall’s Deputy Director of Fundraising said ‘Teachers can struggle to acknowledge that different families exist – and this has an impact on children and young people. By working with Primary Schools we can reduce this impact and make school a safe and inclusive environment for all children.’

On May 6 lesbian, gay and bisexual voters will head to the polls to determine the next government. To help them make their decision Stonewall’s compiled the voting records of all current MPs based on seven key votes during the current Parliament. David Lepper, MP for Brighton Pavilion was one of 116 MPs with a voting record of 100% voting for gay equality.

For more information on the Brighton Equality Walk and to register online visit www.equalitywalk.org.uk or call 020 7593 2294.

Visit www.stonewall.org.uk/election2010 for Stonewall’s dedicated election web section including voting records and a selection of suggested questions to put to candidates in the weeks ahead.

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