Flashback: Harry Styles joins other celebrities in honoring Stonewall’s 25th anniversary

In June of 2014 the charity Stonewall celebrated its 25th anniversary. To commemorate  the occasion, the frozen yogurt chain SNOG launched an app that allows decoration of digital images with colorful designs.

SNOG commissioned Carri Munden of Cassette Playa, known for her bright graphic work, to create the SNOG app. The app was used to launch the #FirstSNOG campaign in which celebrities were encouraged to take selfies, decorate them with the app and post them on social media, in particular to an interactive “#FirstSnog instaexhibition”.

Harry together with other celebrities ,Rita Ora, Daisy Lowe, Katy B and Sam Smith, posted a #FirstSNOG selfie in celebration of Stonewall 25th anniversary. The selfies brought much needed awareness to this deserving charity.

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Harry’s #FirstSNOG selfie

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Harry with Sir Ian McKellen, one of the founders of Stonewall

 

The charity Stonewall (Stonewall Equality Limited) is a lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights charity which was founded in 1989 in the United Kingdom that was named after the Stonewall Inn.

The Stonewall Inn is the hotel in New York City’s Greenwich Village which was at the center of the 1969 riots between the police and the New York City LGBT community. The Stonewall Inn was one of the very few establishments in New York City to welcome LGBT people back in the 50s and 60s and that’s where riots erupted after one of police’s raids on June 28th 1969.

Police was known to raid gay bars and establishments in the 60s but at Stonewall it quickly lost control of the situation thanks to other members of the community quickly joining in in defense of the Stonewall patrons.

The charity Stonewall counts among its founders Sir Ian McKellen, Lisa Power MBE and Michael Cashman (CBE) and was originally formed to fight against Section 28. Section 28 was  an unfair, discriminatory clause that was added to the Local Government Act 1986  which affected England, Scotland and Wales.

The clause stated that a local authority:

“shall not intentionally promote homosexuality or publish material with the intention of promoting homosexuality” or “promote the teaching in any maintained school of the acceptability of homosexuality as a pretended family relationship”.

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In 2003, after several years of lobbying Stonewall was successful in repealing Section 28.

Stonewall is member of the Equality and Diversity Forum,  which is well known and recognized for its work in education and legislation. It has accomplished several important goals that bring communities closer to equality both in Great Britain and all over the world. Some of the accomplishments of Stonewall are:

  • Lifted the ban on gay and lesbians serving in the army (1999)
  • Equalized the age of consent (2001)
  • Recognized anti-gay hate crimes, through the Criminal Justice Act (2003)
  • Introduced the Civil Partnership Act (2004)
  • Introduced the Sexual Orientation Regulations (secured through the Equality Act) that -protects against discrimination based sexual orientation in the provision of goods and services (2007)
  • Equalized treatment of lesbian parents in the Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act (2008)
  • Introduced an offence of incitement to homophobic hatred in the Criminal Justice and Immigration Act (2008)

On September 23rd 2003 Stonewall officially became a charity (Charity Registration Number 1101255). Stonewall does not  receive government funding but it’s supported through donations, sponsorship and fundraising events.

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For more information on how you can help Stonewall check out their website, or their Twitter.

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One Response to Flashback: Harry Styles joins other celebrities in honoring Stonewall’s 25th anniversary

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