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Keeping track of Stonewall

We keep track of Stonewall’s activities when they influence language, law and policy, and try to keep an up-to-date list of Stonewall Champions.

Stonewall Champions

This is based on an archive of the old list on the Stonewall website. We try to keep it up to date by crossing off organisations as we hear of them leaving, and adding new ones. If we have missed any, please email us at [email protected] with a link to any press statement or FOI request.


Audit Scotland
Babraham Institute
Cabinet Office
Civil Services Resourcing
The Coal Authority
Companies House
Competition and Markets Authority

Creative Scotland
Crown Commercial Service
Crown Office & Procurator Fiscal Service FOI request
Crown Prosecution Service
Department for Business, Energy & Industrial Strategy
Department for Digital, Culture, Media & Sport
Department for Education Press article
Department for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs
Department for Exiting the European Union [Department no longer exists]
Department for International Development [Department no longer exists]
Department for International Trade
Department for Transport
Department for Work and Pensions Press article
Department of Health
Press article
Driver and Vehicle Standards Agency

Environment Agency
Equality and Human Rights Commission
Foreign & Commonwealth Office
Government Equalities Office
Government Legal Department
Green Party
Health & Safety Executive
Historic England
Historic Environment Scotland
HM Land Registry
HM Revenue & Customs
HM Treasury
Home Office
House of Commons
House of Lords
Independent Office for Police Conduct
Insolvency Service
Intellectual Property Office/Y Swyddfa Eiddo Ddeallusol
Labour Party
Maritime & Coastguard Agency
Ministry for Housing, Communities and Local Government
Ministry of Justice
National Assembly for Wales/Cynulliad Cenedlaethol Cymru
National Audit Office
National Crime Agency
Natural England
Natural Resources Wales/Cyfoeth Naturiol Cymru
Northern Ireland Assembly
Northern Ireland Civil Service
Office for National Statistics/Swyddfa Ystadegau Gwladol
Office of the Secretary of State for Scotland
Pensions Regulator
Parliamentary and Health Service Ombudsman 2022 report
Public Health England
Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service
Scottish Enterprise
Scottish Government
Scottish Parliament Press article
Scottish Prison Service
Scottish Qualifications Authority
Serious Fraud Office
Skills Development Scotland
UK Government Investments
UK SBS (Shared Business Service)
Wales Audit Office/Swyddfa Archwilio Cymru
Welsh Government/Llywodraeth Cymru

Local government

Aberdeen City Council
London Borough of Barking and Dagenham
London Borough of Barnet Response to FOI request
Bath & North East Somerset Council
Belfast City Council
London Borough of Bexley Response to FOI request
Birmingham City Council
Blaenau Gwent County Borough Council
London Borough of Brent
Bridgend County Borough Council
Bristol City Council
London Borough of Bromley
Bury Council
Caerphilly County Borough Council
Calderdale Metropolitan Borough Council
London Borough of Camden
Cardiff Council/Cyngor Caerdydd
Carmarthenshire County Council
Ceredigion County Council
Cheshire East Council
Cheshire West and Chester Council
City of London Corporation
City of York Council
Conwy County Borough Council
London Borough of Croydon
Denbighshire County Council
Derbyshire County Council
Dorset County Council
Durham County Council
London Borough of Ealing Response to FOI request
London Borough of Enfield
Flintshire County Council/Cyngor Sir y Fflint
Gloucestershire County Council
Greater London Authority (London Assembly)
Royal Borough of Greenwich
Gwynedd County Council [Says they were not members]
London Borough of Hackney
Hampshire County Council
London Borough of Hammersmith and Fulham
London Borough of Harrow Response to FOI request
London Borough of Haringey
London Borough of Havering Response to FOI request
London Borough of Hillingdon Response to FOI request
London Borough of Hounslow
Hull City Council
Isle of Anglesey County Council
London Borough of Islington
Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea Response to FOI request
Royal Borough of Kingston upon Thames
London Borough of Lambeth
Leeds City Council
Leicestershire County Council
London Borough of Lewisham Response to FOI request
Merthyr Tydfil County Borough Council
London Borough of Merton
Midlothian Council
Monmouthshire County Council Response to FOI request
Neath Port Talbot Council Response to FOI request
Newcastle City Council
London Borough of Newham Response to FOI request
Newport City Council Response to FOI request
North Lanarkshire Council
North Lincolnshire Council
Northampton Borough Council Response to FOI request
Northumberland County Council
Nottingham City Council
Nottinghamshire County Council
Oxfordshire County Council
Pembrokeshire County Council
Perth & Kinross Council Response to FOI request
Powys County Council
Response to FOI request
London Borough of Redbridge
London Borough of Richmond upon Thames Response to FOI request
Rhondda Cynon Taf County Borough Council
Salford City Council
Sheffield City Council
Slough Borough Council
Southend-on-Sea Borough Council
London Borough of Southwark
Sunderland City Council
London Borough of Sutton
City and County of Swansea Response to FOI request
Thurrock Council
Torfaen County Borough Council
London Borough of Tower Hamlets
Vale of Glamorgan Council/Cyngor Bro Morgannwg
London Borough of Waltham Forest Response to FOI request
London Borough of Wandsworth
Warrington Borough Council Response to FOI request
Warwickshire County Council Response to FOI request
Welsh Local Government Association
West Lothian Council
West Sussex County Council
Westminster City Council
Wrexham County Borough Council

NHS and healthcare

Abertawe Bro Morgannwg University Health Board/Bwrdd Iechyd Prifysgol Abertawe Bro Morgannwg
Action Group
Aneurin Bevan University Health Board/Bwrdd Iechyd Prifysgol Aneurin Bevan
Ashford and St Peter’s Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
ACP (British Association for Counselling and Psychotherapy)
Barnet, Enfield and Haringey Mental Health NHS Trust
Barts Health NHS Trust
Berkshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Betsi Cadwaladr University Health Board/Bwrdd Iechyd Prifysgol Betsi Cadwaladr
Birmingham and Solihull Mental Health NHS Foundation Trust
Brighton and Sussex University Hospitals NHS Trust
Bristol, North Somerset and South Gloucestershire Care Commissioning Group
Buckinghamshire Healthcare NHS Trust
Cambridge University NHS Foundation Trust
Camden and Islington NHS Foundation Trust
Cardiff & Vale University Health Board/Bwrdd lechyd Prifysgol Caerdydd a’r Fro
Care Quality Commission
Central London Community Healthcare NHS Trust
Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust
Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust|
Countess of Chester Hospital NHS Foundation Trust
Creative Support
Croydon Health Services NHS Trust
Cwm Taf University Health Board
Derbyshire Community Health Services NHS Foundation Trust
East London NHS Foundation Trust
Essex Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
General Medical Council
General Pharmaceutical Council
Golden Jubilee Foundation
Greater Manchester Mental Health NHS Trust
Health Assured
Health Education England
Health Education and Improvement Wales
Heritage Care
Hertfordshire Partnership University NHS Foundation Trust
Hillingdon Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Huntercombe Group
Hywel Dda University Health Board
The King’s Fund
Leeds Community Healthcare NHS Trust
Lincolnshire Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Maidstone & Tunbridge Wells NHS Trust
Millbrook Healthcare
National Institute For Health and Care Excellence
Newcastle upon Tyne NHS Foundation Trust
NHS Blood and Transplant
NHS Business Services Authority
NHS Digital
NHS England
NHS Highland
NHS Kernow Clinical Care Commissioning Group
Norfolk Community Health and Care NHS Trust
North East Ambulance Service NHS Trust
North East London Commissioning Support Unit
North East London NHS Foundation Trust
North Staffordshire Combined Healthcare NHS Trust
North West Boroughs Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Northamptonshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Nottinghamshire Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Nursing & Midwifery Council
Oxleas NHS Foundation Trust
Porthaven Group
Powys Teaching Health Board/Bwrdd lechyd Addysgu Powys
Priory Group
Provide CIC
Public Health Wales/Iechyd Cyhoeddus Cymru
Regard Group
Rotherham, Doncaster and South Humber NHS Foundation Trust
Royal Berkshire NHS Foundation Trust
Royal Bournemouth & Christchurch Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Royal College of General Practitioners
Royal College of Midwives
Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health
Royal College of Psychiatrists Press release
Royal Free London NHS Foundation Trust
Royal Hospital for Neuro-disability
Sandwell and West Birmingham Hospitals NHS Trust
Sheffield Children’s NHS Foundation Trust
Sheffield Teaching Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
Social Work England Press article
Solent NHS Trust
South West London and St George’s Mental Health NHS Trust
South Western Ambulance Service NHS Foundation Trust
St Andrew’s Healthcare
St Barnabas Hospices
St Anne’s Community Services
Surrey and Borders Partnership NHS Foundation Trust
Sussex Community NHS Foundation Trust
University College London Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust
University Hospitals Birmingham NHS Foundation Trust
University Hospitals of Morecambe Bay NHS Foundation Trust
Velindre NHS Trust/Ymddiriedolaeth GIG Prifysgol Felindre
West London Mental Health NHS Trust
West Suffolk NHS Foundation Trust
Workplace Options


Aberystwyth University
Aston University FOI request
Birkbeck, University of London
Birmingham City University
Bournemouth University
Brunel University London
Canterbury Christ Church University
Capital City College Group
Cardiff Metropolitan University
Cardiff University/Prifysgol Caerdydd
City of Glasgow College
Coleg Cambria
Coleg y Cymoedd
Coventry University
De Montfort University
Durham University
Edge Hill University
Edinburgh Napier University
Education Authority Northern Ireland
Farnborough College of Technology
Francis Crick Institute
Glyndŵr University/Prifysgol Glyndŵr Wrecsam
Goldsmiths, University of London
Gower College Swansea
Greenwood Academies Trust
Havering College of Further and Higher Education
Imperial College London
Institute of Cancer Research
James Hutton Institute
JTL Training
Keele University
King’s College London
Kingston University
Lancaster University
Leeds City College
Liverpool John Moores University
London Metropolitan University
London South Bank University
London School of Economics and Political Science Students’ Union press release
London School of Hygiene & Tropical Medicine
London South East Colleges
Loughborough University
Manchester Metropolitan University
Middlesex University London
Newcastle University
Newham College of Further Education
Newham Sixth Form College
Northumbria University
Nottingham Trent University
The Open University
Oxford Brookes University
Plymouth Marjon University
Plymouth University
Qualifications Wales
Queen Mary, University of London
Queen’s University Belfast
Ravensbourne University London
Royal College of Art
Royal College of Veterinary Surgeons Press article
Royal Holloway, University of London
Sheffield Hallam University
Southampton Solent University
St George’s, University of London
Staffordshire University
Sunderland College
Swansea University/Prifysgol Abertawe
Teesside University
Ulster University
United Colleges Group
University College London (UCL) UCL statement
University for the Creative Arts
University of Aberdeen
University of Bedfordshire
University of Birmingham
University of Brighton
University of Bristol
University of Cambridge
University of Central Lancashire
University of Chichester
University of Cumbria
University of Derby
University of Dundee
University of East Anglia
University of East London (UEL)
University of Edinburgh
University of Essex
University of Exeter
University of Glasgow
University of Greenwich
University of Huddersfield
University of Hull
University of Kent
University of Leicester
University of Liverpool
University of Manchester
University of Nottingham
University of Oxford
University of Portsmouth
University of Reading Announcement
University of Roehampton
University of Salford
University of Sheffield
University of South Wales Group
University of Southampton
University of St Andrews
University of Sunderland
University of Surrey
University of Sussex
University of the Arts London
University of the West of Scotland
University of Warwick
University of West London
University of Winchester
University of Wolverhampton
University of Worcester
University of the West of England (UWE Bristol)
West London College
York St John University

Voluntary sector

Action for Children
Association for Project Management
National Lottery Community Fund
Cancer Research UK
Change, Grow, Live (CGL)
Citizens Advice
Community Links (Northern Ltd)
Community Links Bromley
Community Links Trust
Joseph Rowntree Foundation
Marie Curie
Oasis Community LearningRoyal National Lifeboat Institution
Prince’s Trust
Royal British Legion
Royal Trinity Hospice
Save the Children
SHP (Single Homeless Project)
SSAFA the Armed Forces Charity
St Christopher’s Hospice
St Mungo’s
Teach First
Victim Support
Wellcome Trust
Which? – Consumer’s Association
Youth Sport Trust

Consumer companies

Anchor Hanover Group
Arnold Clark
The Body Shop
British American Tobacco
Budweiser Brewing
Coca Cola European Partners
Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Greene King
Holland & Barrett
Jardine Motors Group
John Lewis Partnership
Johnson & Johnson
Kellogg’s UK
Ladbrokes Coral
Lush Retail Ltd
Marks & Spencer
Mondelez International
Naked Juice
Paddy Power Betfair
Pepsico UK and Ireland
Pernod Ricard UK Limited
Philip Morris
Post Office

Procter & Gamble
Royal Mail Group
Sainsbury’s Group
Stanley Black & Decker
Telefónica UK Limited


The Army
Admiral Group
Atlas Elektronik UK
Atomic Weapons Establishment
BAE Systems
Defence Science & Technology Laboratory
FCO Services
Ministry of Defence
Ministry of Defence Police
National Air Traffic Services
Nuclear Decommissioning Authority
Roke Manor Research
Royal Air Force
Royal Navy
Secret Intelligence Service (MI6)
Thales Ltd

Energy, utilities, resources and manufacturing

Air Products
Anglian Water
Anglo American
Catalent Pharma Solutions
Colt Technology Service
EDF Energy
The First Mile
Ford Motor Company
Jaguar Land Rover
National Grid
Northumbrian Water Group (NWG)
Scottish Water
Severn Trent
Springfields Fuels Ltd
SSE Energy Services
Thames Water
United Utilities
Welsh Water/Dŵr Cymru
Wood Mackenzie Limited


Ageas Insurance
Charles Taylor Plc
Chartered Insurance Institute
Cigna UK
Lloyd’s of London
Motor Insurers’ Bureau
MS Amlin
QBE Insurance
Swiss Re
Travelers Insurance

Emergency services

Avon and Somerset Police
Bedfordshire Fire and Rescue Service
Cambridgeshire Fire & Rescue Service
Cheshire Fire & Rescue Service
Cheshire Police
City of London Police
Civil Nuclear Constabulary
Cleveland Fire Brigade
County Durham and Darlington Fire and Rescue Service
Derbyshire Constabulary
Derbyshire Fire & Rescue Service
Dorset Police
Durham Constabulary
Dyfed-Powys Police
East Sussex Fire & Rescue Service
Essex County Fire and Rescue Service
Greater Manchester Combined Authority
Hampshire Constabulary
Hampshire Fire and Rescue Service
Hertfordshire Constabulary
Humberside Police Response to FOI request
Kent Fire and Rescue Service
Lancashire Constabulary
Lancashire Fire & Rescue Service
Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service
Leicestershire Police
London Ambulance Service NHS Trust
London Fire & Emergency Planning Authority
Merseyside Police
Metropolitan Police Service
North Wales Police
Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service
Northumbria Police
Nottinghamshire Fire and Rescue Service
Nottinghamshire Police
Police Scotland Press article
Police Service of Northern Ireland
Scottish Fire and Rescue Service
Staffordshire Police
Suffolk Constabulary
Surrey Police
Sussex Police
Tyne & Wear Fire and Rescue Service
Welsh Ambulance Service
West Midlands Fire Service
West Midlands Police
West Yorkshire Police
Wiltshire Police

Financial services

The Co-operative Bank
First Trust Bank
Franklin Templeton Global Investors Limited
IHS Markit
Legal & General Group
Lloyds Banking Group
M&S Bank
Metro Bank
Motability Operations
Morgan Stanley
Nationwide Building Society
Nucleus Financial
Principality Building Society
Propel Finance
RGA UK Services Limited
Royal Bank of Canada
Silicon Valley Bank
Skipton Building Society
Société Générale
Softbank Investment Advisors
Tesco Bank
Virgin Money
Yorkshire Building Society


Allegis Group Services
Carmichael UK
Deverell Smith
Morson International
Reed Group
The SR Group


Accent Housing Limited
Broadland Housing Association
Bron Afon Community Housing
Cardiff Community Housing Association
Clarion Housing Group
Coastal Housing Group
Easterhouse Housing and Regeneration Alliance
Equity Housing Group
ExtraCare Charitable Trust
First Choice Homes Oldham
Fortis Living
Gentoo Group Ltd
Gloucester City Homes
Great Places Housing Group
Guinness Partnership
Hexagon Housing
Home Group
Homes England
Lewisham Homes
Link Group
Midland Heart
North Star Housing
Nottingham City Homes
Nottingham Community Housing Association
Notting Hill Genesis
Origin Housing
Queens Cross Housing Association
Rhondda Housing Association
Riverside Group
Sanctuary Housing
Shepherds Bush Housing Group
Sixtown Housing
Sovereign Housing Association
Sovini Group
Stockport Homes
Swan Housing Association
Wheatley Group
Wolverhampton Homes
Your Homes Newcastle


Aldermore Bank
Baillie Gifford & Co Edinburgh
Bank of America Merrill Lynch
Bank of England
Capital One
Charter Court Financial Services
Close Brothers
Coller Capital
Credit Suisse
Deutsche Bank
European Bank for Reconstruction & Development
FactSet Europe Limited
Fidelity International
Financial Conduct Authority
Financial Ombudsman Service
Financial Services Compensation Scheme
Goldman Sachs
Hargreaves Lansdown
JP Morgan
Janus Henderson Investors
M&G Investments
Mizuho International
Macquarie Group
Northern Trust
Standard Chartered Bank
T Rowe Price
UBS Investment Bank


5 Paper Buildings
Addleshaw Goddard
Allen & Overy
Arnold & Porter
Baker & McKenzie
BDB Pitmans (was Bircham Dyson Bell)
Bird & Bird
Blake Morgan
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner
Burges Salmon
Burness Paull
Charles Russell Speechlys
Cleary Gottlieb Steen & Hamilton
Clifford Chance
Clyde & Co
DAC Beachcroft
DLA Piper
Eversheds Sutherland
Fisher Jones Greenwood Solicitors
Foot Anstey
Freshfields Bruckhaus Deringer
Garden Court Chambers
Gateley PLC
Gowling WLG
Herbert Smith Freehills
Higgs & Sons
Hill Dickinson
Hogan Lovells
Irwin Mitchell Solicitors
Kingsley Napley
Kirkland & Ellis International
Latham & Watkins
The Law Society
Leigh Day
Lester Aldridge
Matrix Chambers
Mayer Brown International
Mills & Reeve
Moon Beever
Northridge Law LLP
Norton Rose Fulbright
Orrick, Herrington & Sutcliffe LLP
Osborne Clarke
Penningtons Manches Cooper
Pinsent Masons
Reed Smith
Reynolds Porter Chamberlain
Shearman & Sterling
Shepherd and Wedderburn
Simmons & Simmons
Slater and Gordon Lawyers
Slaughter and May
Solicitors Regulation Authority
Squire Patton Boggs
Stephenson Harwood
Sullivan & Cromwell
Taylor Wessing
Thompsons Solicitors
Thursfields Solicitors
Travers Smith
Trowers & Hamlins
Weil, Gotshal & Manges (London)
Wendy Hopkins Family Law Practice
White & Case
Womble Bond Dickinson


Arts Council England
Arts Council of Wales/Cyngor Celfyddydau Cymru
Association of Independent Music
British Film Institute
English Heritage
Manchester International Festival
Museum of London
National Museum Wales/Amgueddfa Cymru
National Trust
Royal Opera House
Victoria and Albert Museum

Travel and transport

Addison Lee
British Airways
Caledonian MacBrayne
Carnival UK
Civil Aviation Authority
Dorchester Collection
Flight Centre
London North Eastern Railway
Merlin Entertainments
MTR Crossrail
Network Rail
Thomas Cook Group plc
Transport for London
Virgin Atlantic
Virgin Holidays


Advertising Standards Authority
Channel 4 Television
Dennis Publishing
Dentsu Aegis Network
Discovery UK
Essence Digital
The Guardian
The Guardian Foundation
Ogilvy & Mather Group UK
Penguin Random House Ltd
Sony Pictures
Talk Radio
Telegraph Media Group
The Walt Disney Company
The Wireless Group Media (GB) Limited
Wunderman Thompson

Professional services

Alix Partners
Alpha Financial Markets Consulting
Baringa Partners
BMT Global
CH & Co Group
CIPD (Chartered Institute of Personnel & Development)
Compass Group UK
Financial Services Compensation Scheme
Frontier Economics
Grant Thornton
Institute of Chartered Accountants in England &Wales
Oliver Wyman
PA Consulting Group
S&P Global
Thomson Reuters
Willis Towers Watson
Wilson James

Construction and buildings

Airbus UK
Amey Consulting
Atkins (SNC-Lavalin Group)
Balfour Beatty
Barratt Developments
BNP Paribas Real Estate
British Land
BW Workplace Experts
Cushman & Wakefield
Farrans Construction
Foster and Partners
Gerald Eve
Kier Group
Knight Frank
Laing O’Rourke
Mace Group
Mott MacDonald
National Composites Centre
St Modwen
The Crown Estate
Unite Students
VolkerWessels UK

Science and tech

Airwave (a Motorola Solutions Company)
The Alan Turing Institute
Alfa Financial Software
Allstate Northern Ireland
Auto Trader Group
Broadridge Financial Solutions
Football Radar
Hewlett Packard Entreprise
IPC Systems
John Innes Centre
Johnson Matthey
Just Eat
LifeScan Scotland
National Physical Laboratory
NTT Data
Teva UK
Virgin Media

Scotland and North East

The Action Group
The Army in Scotland
Audit Scotland
Babcock International Group
Baillie Gifford & Co Edinburgh
Burness Paull LLP
Catalent Pharma Solutions
Creative Scotland
Crown Office & Procurator Fiscal Service
Dell Technologies
Golden Jubilee Foundation
GVC Holdings Ladbrokes Coral
Health Assured Ltd
High Speed Two (HS2) Ltd
LifeScan Scotland
MacRoberts LLP
NHS Business Services Authority
North East Ambulance Service NHS Trust
Northumbria Healthcare NHS Foundation Trust
Northumbrian Water
Office of the Secretary of State for Scotland
Police Scotland
Queen’s Cross Housing Association
Scottish Courts and Tribunals Service
Scottish Enterprise
Scottish Fire and Rescue Service
Scottish Government
Scottish Parliament
Scottish Prison Service
Scottish Qualifications Authority
Scottish Water
Sir Robert McAlpine Ltd
Skills Development Scotland
SSE Energy Services PLC
Wood Mackenzie Limited
Your Homes Newcastle


British Horseracing Authority
England and Wales Cricket Board
England Netball
Football Association
Football Association of Wales
Jockey Club
Leicester City FC
Liverpool FC
Premier League
Sport England
Swim England
UK Athletics


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    30th October 2022

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    16th May 2022

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    25th February 2022

  • The Insolvency Service is the latest organisation to leave Stonewall

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    10th February 2022

  • Single-sex guidance covers

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    3rd February 2022

  • “Should UCL subscribe to programmes and submit to an evaluation scheme that are politically and ideologically contested?”

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    1st February 2022

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    Sex Matters in the City

    16th December 2021

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    13th October 2021

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    25th August 2021

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    6th June 2021

  • Time to #LeaveStonewall

    This is the letter we have sent to the CEOs of the 850 organisations that are members of the Stonewall Diversity Champions Scheme. Re: Leaving the Stonewall Diversity Champions Scheme We are writing to call on you to withdraw from the scheme, both for the sake of your own...

    29th May 2021

  • EHRC and Stonewall logos splitting

    EHRC Chairwoman writes to Sex Matters: we have left Stonewall

    This week we received welcome news in a letter from Baroness Kishwer Falkner. The Equality and Human Rights Commission is no longer part of the controversial Stonewall Diversity Champions Scheme. She said that the Commission seeks to ensure that all staff enjoy “acceptance without exception”. We responded welcoming this...

    23rd May 2021

  • Stonewalling the Domestic Violence Bill: Why make “misogyny” gender neutral?

    A short month ago there was an attempt to rush a bill through parliament that would set a precedent of “gender neutralising” motherhood in law; replacing the words mother or woman with  “pregnant person” in the Ministerial and other Maternity Allowances (MOMA) Bill.   As Baroness Noakes highlighted, this is...

    13th March 2021

  • Allison Bailey’s case against Stonewall will proceed

    Allison Bailey is suing Stonewall Diversity Limited to stop them policing free speech. She is a barrister and helped to set up a new organisation for lesbian, gay and bisexual people, the LGB Alliance, to provide an alternative to Stonewall. In retaliation, Stonewall had her investigated by her chambers....

    19th February 2021


Other resources

  • Legal Feminist responds to FCA consultations

    Legal Feminist applauds the intention behind the proposals, and is a strong proponent of data-driven policy-making, but felt that the way in which those intentions were to be reflected in rules and policy rendered the proposals at best ineffective and at worst dangerous.