I was recently invited to join Stonewall for a special garden party, sponsored by a well known vodka manufacturer. The event claimed to be an invitation to all members of the community to join in, socialise and discuss relevant topics of the age. Here is an extract from that email:
At Stonewall we think it’s crucial that during times of uncertainty, we continue to work together
We stand by the side of every lesbian, gay, bi and trans person, wherever they live, work, socialise or pray.
The equality of all LGBT people is only possible with your continued support.
Governments may change but our commitment to achieving acceptance without exception for every single LGBT person will always be the same.
While the idea is great, the implementation left me a little shocked:
Of course this event is a fundraiser for a good cause, but that sort of price tag will exclude a large proportion of the Queers I know and love, who would help make the event diverse and inclusive. I wrote to them, expressing my thoughts:
A party is a great idea and it’s good to see events like that running, but I’m sure I’m not the only person who’s blanched at that price tag! I appreciate your title means you need to ensure funds are raised for the charity (and rightly so) but maybe the next party could have a more accessible price tag? Or even the option to donate to/use a hardship fund to ensure a wider range of attendees? In the interests of inclusiveness of course…”
Waiting for a response now…!