LGBT+ History: Stonewall

Sir Ian McKellen comes out as gay on the UK’s BBC Radio in response to the government’s Section 28 in the British Parliament.  Stonewall UK is formed in response to Section 28 and other barriers to equality.  Founding members include Sir Ian McKellen and (The Rt. Hon.) Michael Cashman.

Stonewall is renowned for its campaigning and lobbying. Some major successes include helping achieve the equalisation of the age of consent, lifting the ban on LGB people serving in the military, securing legislation which allowed same-sex couples to adopt and the repeal of Section 28. More recently Stonewall has helped secure civil partnerships and then same-sex marriage, and ensured that the recent Equality Act protected lesbian, gay and bi people in terms of goods and services.

In their later lives Sir Ian McKellen has been given awards of Companion of Honour, a CBE, was knighted and is a freeman of the city of London.  (The Rt. Hon.) Michael Cashman was awarded a CBE and was made a life peer with the title of Baron Cashman.  As a life peer Baron Cashman went on to get involved in, and invest In, the LGBT social network Suitlink.

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