Love Island’s Eyal Booker, Ru Paul’s Drag Race star Courtney Act aka Shane Jenek and author Juno Dawson were among the guests at Stonewall’s summer celebration on Thursday (12 July 2018).
The event took place at the Barbican conservatory which was transformed into a summer paradise by Gok Wan’s company Beautiful Events and Productions. Stars danced the night away to Balearic beats in the Ibiza club room and cooled down in the tropical forest while watching a live ice-sculpting demo.
Ahead of the party, attendees had the chance to bid on silent auction prizes, including two tickets to see Mariah Carey at the O2 Arena, a Tatty Devine tropical palm leaves necklace and a VIP package for Secret Cinema’s Romeo and Juliet.
50,000 Avios points and a £2,500 bottle of Roja Haute Luxe Parfum were also up for grabs via the Ticket to Fly raffle and Golden Plinth draw. The evening culminated in a surprise performance by special guest singer-songwriter Lucy Spraggan.
Throughout the event guests were encouraged to Come Out for Trans Equality by filling in the Government’s consultation on the reform of the Gender Recognition Act. Stonewall staff were on hand to answer questions and offer guidance on responding to the public consultation. This guidance is also available on the charity’s website.
The process that trans people must go through to have their gender legally recognised is outdated and in need of urgent reform. Under the current system, trans people must be diagnosed with a mental illness in order to apply for a Gender Recognition Certificate and non-binary people aren’t recognised at all.
Ruth Hunt, Chief Executive of Stonewall said: ‘The Summer Party is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate the diversity of the lesbian, gay, bi and trans community and the enormous progress we’ve made towards LGBT equality.
‘However, there’s still a long way to go before all LGBT people are accepted without exception. This year’s event could not come at a more poignant time, just last week the government published the results of the largest ever national survey of LGBT people and launched a consultation into reform of the Gender Recognition Act.
‘Reforming the current system that trans people must go through to obtain a Gender Recognition Certificate will be another milestone in the journey towards full LGBT equality. Now is the time to Come Out for Trans Equality and respond to the government’s consultation.’