BBC DJ and British Bake Off star to host Stonewall Equality Walk

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BBC Radio 1Xtra DJ Adele Roberts and Great British Bake Off winner John Whaite will host next month’s Stonewall Equality Walk in Brighton, the gay rights charity has announced.

The annual 10k event, taking place on Sunday 11 May, aims to raise thousands of pounds for Stonewall’s new anti-homophobic bullying campaign: “Gay. Let’s Get the Meaning Straight.”

Last year Adele Roberts fronted Coming Out – a documentary on BBC Radio 1 – which gave a snapshot of what it’s like for young people to come out as LGBT.

The DJ conducted an interview to PinkNews where she also shared her own story.

Speaking of her support for Stonewall, she said: “It’s shocking that in 2014 nearly all gay young people still hear homophobic language like ‘that’s so gay’ when they go to school.

“That’s why supporting the Equality Walk is so important to me; it’s in aid of Stonewall’s crucial latest campaign to tackle homophobic language.

“Many people who casually use these terms don’t intentionally mean to be offensive but they cause hurt and distress. I urge lesbian, gay and bisexual people near and far to support this event.”

John Whaite won the 2012 series of the Great British Bake Off and will also be heading to Brighton next month for Stonewall.

He said: “Too many children still fear going to school because of the abuse and bullying they suffer. No-one should be made to feel ashamed of who they are and how they were born.

“That is why I’m really excited and proud to support Stonewall’s Equality Walk and to help raise money so they can continue working with both primary and secondary schools up and down the country.”