Stonewall was founded in 1989 by a small group of people who had been active in the struggle against Section 28 of the Local Government Act.
The aim from the outset was to create a professional lobbying group that would prevent such attacks on lesbian, gay and bi people from ever occurring again. Stonewall has subsequently put the case for equality on the mainstream political agenda by winning support within all the main political parties and now has offices in England, Scotland and Wales.
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.
West Ham United are proud to work with Stonewall, particularly through their Rainbow Laces campaign which we have supported for several years. We are committed to being an inclusive club where anyone, regardless of gender, age, race or sexual orientation can feel welcome and included. This working relationship with Stonewall allows us to solidify that commitment.