Gok Wan hosts Stonewall event at Royal Institute of British Architects, kindly supported by Société Générale
Silent and live auction prizes raise vital funds in aid of LGBT equality
Guests included drag queen and host Jodie Harsh, actor Andrew Scott and singer Cerys Matthews
Stonewall, the lesbian, gay, bi and trans equality charity, held its annual Summer Party last night (21 July 2016) at the distinguished Royal Institute of British Architects. The glitzy event provided the perfect opportunity to celebrate how far work towards LGBT equality has come.
The annual fundraiser also provided an opportunity for Stonewall to thank its supporters and partners and reflect on how much work is left to do both here and abroad until all LGBT people are accepted without exception.
Hosted by Gok Wan, the silent auction raised £13,064 to improve lesbian, gay, bi and trans equality in Britain and abroad. Guest DJs included Adele Roberts, James Barr and Wayne Dhesi, with Barr also hosting the live auction, which raised over £13,000. With the final fundraising figure totalling just under £88,500, the event was a roaring success.
Guests on the night included Gogglebox’s Christopher Steed, presenter Jane Hill, musician Heather Peace, Dr Ranj Singh and writer Stella Duffy.
Money raised from the event will support Stonewall’s vital work going deeper into communities to help improve the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people in Britain and abroad.
Auction prizes on the night included a three-night escape to New York, six passes to The Good Life Experience festival, a unique silk screen from The Connor Brother’s Pulp Fiction series and two VIP tickets to the MTV European Music Awards.
Stonewall’s Silent Auction, hosted online in the days leading up to the Summer Party, included a commissioned portrait by Sarah Jane Moon, a selection of gadgets and luxury accessories, bespoke tailored suits and an exclusive film premiere of Pedro Almodovar’s new film, Julieta.
Ruth Hunt, Chief Executive of Stonewall, thanked supporters on the night, saying: ‘Together we have achieved great strides towards LGBT equality, but the journey is far from over. There’s still so much work to do to tackle the issues that affect different parts of our community, both in the UK and overseas. It’s incredibly important for LGBT people and their allies to stand together in solidarity and be by each other's side. Our work continues until all lesbian, gay, bi and trans people in every country, community hospital, and school, are free to be themselves and are accepted without exception.’