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Stonewall takes its name from the 1969 Stonewall uprising in New York, spearheaded by lesbians and trans women of colour including Marsha P Johnson, Sylvia Riviera and Stormé DeLarverie. While they are often at the forefront of social change, women of colour are rarely given due credit for their contribution to the contemporary LGBTQ+ movement. This article explores the history of Stonewall, Pride and LGBTQ+ rights in detail. 

Stonewall in the UK was founded in 1989 by a group of people active in the struggle against Section 28, an offensive piece of legislation designed to prevent the so-called 'promotion' of homosexuality in schools. As well as 
stigmatising lesbian, gay and bi people, it galvanised the LGBTQ+ community. Stonewall subsequently put the case for equality on the mainstream political agenda by winning support within all the main political parties. In 2015, we became fully trans inclusive, following an extensive consultation with over 700 trans people which resulted in our 'A Vision for Change' report.

Today, we are renowned for our 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 helping to secure civil partnerships, same-sex marriage, and the repeal of Section 28. We also work with global partners to fight for positive change, whether that’s through supporting grassroots campaigns or showcasing exemplary work by our Top Global Employers.

We have a sector-leading Diversity Champions programme that equips workplaces to champion LGBTQ+ inclusion, and expert Empowerment and Education teams whose programmes and training deliver powerful change for workplaces, schools, communities and individuals. We also produce groundbreaking research reports, such as our ‘LGBTQ+ in Britain’ series, and work with partners on projects such as TRANSforming Futures and Out of the Margins.


More about STONEWALL



At Stonewall we are committed to building an environment, in and outside the workplace, that values respect, diversity, and compassion. We stand up for what we believe in, we encourage one another to be bold and passionate, we listen to and learn from each other, and ultimately, our goal is to transform and inspire.


  • Empowering individuals: we empower LGBTQ+people to be their authentic selves so they can achieve their full potential, and we empower LGBTQ+ people and their allies to create positive 
    change at work, home and in their communities.
  • Transforming institutions: we work with institutions (including workplaces, schools, healthcare providers, sports organisations and religious institutions) to create inclusive cultures, and equip institutions as advocates and agents of positive change.
  • Changing hearts and minds: we work to ensure that LGBTQ+ people can participate fully in society and are welcomed in all communities, and we work to broaden understanding and tackle discrimination within LGBTQ+ communities themselves.
  • Changing and protecting laws: we work to ensure that laws and rights essential for LGBTQ+ equality are created, maintained, protected and defended, so that LGBTQ+ people have equal 
    rights here and abroad.


  1. We focus on people. We treat others with respect and promote an environment where everyone can be themselves.
  2. We take responsibility. We act with integrity. We are honest, reliable and trustworthy. We mean what we say and we honour our commitments.
  3. We communicate effectively. We take the time to listen, as well as talk. We are aware of our ability to influence and use it positively to achieve our priorities.
  4. We build strong relationships. We are professional and build strong, sustainable external relationships with stakeholders and communities.
  5. We step up as leaders. We inspire, challenge and empower individuals to perform, develop and grow. We understand our responsibility as role models


Our London office is in Farringdon, central London, and we also have offices in Cardiff, Edinburgh and Belfast. We pride ourselves on facilitating flexible working where possible. This includes the option to work from home, work remotely, work part time, or job share.

We work within a number of teams, including:

  •  External affairs (comprising our Comms, Policy and Research teams)
  • Fundraising and Development
  • Programmes (comprising our Community and Workplace engagement teams and our Empowerment team)
  • Education and Youth
  • Global
  •  Stonewall Cymru
  • Stonewall Scotland & Northern Ireland
  • Operations (comprising our HR, Finance, IT & Data, and Facilities teams)




Everyone benefits when people can bring their whole selves to work. Whether you’re a volunteer, a prospective employee or a full-time member of staff, at Stonewall we want you to feel involved in all aspects of our work and to have amazing opportunities during your time with us – regardless of your background. 

We welcome people regardless of age, disability, gender identity, marital status, race, faith or belief, sexual orientation, socioeconomic background, and whether you’re pregnant or on family leave. In line with our commitments to race equity and trans inclusion, we particularly welcome applications from people who hold these identities.

We also have a number of staff network groups which provide peer support and safe spaces for members:
  • Mental health and wellbeing staff network
  • BAME/PoC staff network group
  • Bi network group
  • Trans staff network group
  • Ace network group
  • Faith and belief staff network group
  • Accessibility forum
  • Women and minority genders network group 
In the past year, our networks have organised Diaspora Showcase and a Faith and Belief panel for Stonewall’s staff away day, and entered Stonewall for Mind’s Workplace Wellbeing Index. 
We strive for an environment where there’s a zero-tolerance approach to discrimination, and we work hard to accommodate access needs.Second Content


According to our 2019 staff survey:

  •  92% of staff are proud to work for Stonewall
  •  88% of staff enjoy working with the people at Stonewall
  •  82% of staff said they enjoy what they do

According to our 2020 diversity survey: 

  • 54% of staff are women
  • 9% of our staff are non-binary
  • 15% of our staff are trans
  • 17% of our staff are from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic (BAME) communities
  • 16% of our staff have an impairment, condition or disability
  • 44% of our staff are gay/lesbian
  • 27% of our staff are bi
  • 14% of our staff are straight
  • 5% of our staff are under the asexual/aromantic umbrella
  • 70% of our staff were aged 34 and under
  • 8% of our staff are over 45
  • 21% of staff have a faith or belief

We’re working hard to build a Stonewall team that reflects the communities we serve – we know diversity makes us stronger as an organisation and more effective in what we do. We will hold up our hands and say that we have not always got things right, and we are committed to making anti-racism a priority at Stonewall. As part of this, we are implementing a Race Equity programme with the aim of ensuring BAME/PoC staff thrive and have their talents nurtured, and to have a workplace where the proportion of BAME/PoC staff reflects the population of the cities in 
which our offices are based.


Benefits at Stonewall

List of all the benefits that Stonewall are offering their employees. Benefits may vary depending on role, location and length of service.

  • Competitive holiday entitlement
  • An extra day of annual leave on or around your birthday
  • An Employee Assistance Program with a free, 24-hour support line
  • Death in service benefit of two times your salary
  • Family policies, including enhanced pay for those on parental leave
  • A tax-free cycle to work scheme
  • Interest-free loans on season tickets and annual travelcards
  • Fee health insurance
  • Up to 9% pension contribution
  • Between 25 and 30 days annual leave (increasing with length of service)
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