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Helping Stonewall to make a difference

By using our Rainbow Card – Virgin Money customers donate £1 to Stonewall every time they complete a purchase in the first 3 months of having the Rainbow Card.

These donations will go towards funding Stonewall’s work campaign for equality for all LGBT people at home and abroad. Here’s two of the projects funded by support and donations that make us proud to support Stonewall;

Stonewall’s work with schools

  • Two thirds of lesbian, gay, bi and trans young people have experienced name-calling at school
  • 99% hear anti-LGBT language at school

Stonewall*, works with schools across Britain to give young people inspirational lesbian, gay, bi and trans role models and to empower teachers to tackle homophobic, biphobic and transphobic bullying.

Watch the video below to see how Stonewall’s approach to increasing the visibility of influential and inspirational LGBT people within schools is working to combat homophobic bullying.

*supported by Heathrow

Stonewall’s international work

Stonewall works with organisations around the world, helping to progress LGBT rights by sharing their expertise and by campaigning and advocating in Britain to raise awareness of the situation overseas. Although there has been progress in terms of rights for LGBT people worldwide. There is still much work to be done.

  • 72 countries criminalise same-sex relationships (and in 45 the law is applied to women as well as men)
  • The death penalty is either ‘allowed’, or evidence of its existence occurs, in 8 countries
  • In more than half the world, LGBT people may not be protected from discrimination by workplace law
  • Most governments deny trans people the right to legally change their name and gender from those that were assigned to them at birth

Stonewall recently announced that they are running a campaigner’s programme with LGBT activists from South Africa, Mauritius, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Lesotho, Zambia, Botswana, and Namibia. This will involve 13 activists from these countries being flown to the UK for a week-long training programme at the end of April.

The training will include campaigning and fundraising; to ensure that the activists not only know how to use the resources at their disposal to most effectively progress LGBT rights in their country but also how to raise money to help fund their work. We’ll update on the progress with these projects in our next email…

Want to do more to help Stonewall?

One in five LGBT people have experienced a hate crime or hate incident in the last 12 months. It’s happening to us, our friends, colleagues and family members every single day.

That's why the fight for equality is far from over. It’s time to Come Out for LGBT.