SPOTLIGHT: Sir Ian McKellen | Stonewall

International Arts & Philanthropy Foundation is proud to celebrate Pride Month by spotlighting Sir Ian McKellen and Stonewall.

Without Stonewall, change could never have happened so rapidly and so peacefully. The revolution won’t be complete, until equality is accepted at home, at school, at work and in the streets. So we must continue to support Stonewall’s essential initiatives, knowing right is on our side.

Nothing in life is more important to me than helping young people realise that there are better days ahead of them. I’m proud that Stonewall – which I helped create to tackle legalised homophobia – is now leading the fight in those British schools where homophobic bullying ruins far too many young people’s lives. It’s a privilege to play a small part in bringing it to an end.

~ Sir Ian McKellen

From Stonewall’s Website:

We’re here to let all lesbian, gay, bi and trans people, here and abroad, know they’re not alone.

We believe we’re stronger united, so we partner with organisations that help us create real change for the better. We have laid deep foundations across Britain – in some of our greatest institutions – so our communities can continue to find ways to flourish, and individuals can reach their full potential. We’re here to support those who can’t yet be themselves.

But our work is not finished yet. Not until everyone feels free to be who they are, wherever they are.


When the United Nations decided to create a set of global goals to end poverty and inequality by 2030, equality groups pushed for the rights and needs of lesbian, gay, bi and trans people to be taken into account. The result,
The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs), was agreed in 2015 and signed onto by 193 governments on the basis that they apply to everyone, everywhere and will ‘leave no one behind’. Although at Stonewall we think the SDGs could have gone further by explicitly calling for LGBT equality, we recognise their exciting potential to advance equality for all… 

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