My Week: Ruth Hunt is building on the vote for gay marriage

The director of public affairs at Stonewall recounts her week

Ruth Hunt
Ruth Hunt

Monday: As always, my week starts with calls to our sister charities, Stonewall Scotland and Stonewall Cymru. Equal marriage is a devolved issue in Scotland, so it helps to have our director of Stonewall Scotland, Colin Macfarlane, so close to Holyrood. After his update, I call Andrew White, director of Stonewall Cymru in Cardiff, to learn about its 10th anniversary plans. I'm from Cardiff, but haven't plucked up the courage to try speaking to Andrew in Welsh (he's bilingual). Maybe one day.

Tuesday: Years of lobbying paid off last week as the House of Commons voted by 400 to 175 for the second reading of the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill. It was a huge achievement for Stonewall's supporters, volunteers and staff. Today, I head to parliament with our chief executive, Ben Summerskill, to give evidence about the bill.

Wednesday: We have more than 60 employees across Britain, all of whom contribute to our monthly all-staff meeting. After that, I spend the day with our education team, focusing on our work in primary schools. In the evening, I finally manage to listen to my recent contribution about gay equality on the Radio 4 show Moral Maze. Melanie Phillips, the Daily Mail columnist and a panellist on the show who is opposed to gay marriage, described me as "polished". I left before I could ask whether she meant that as a compliment.

Thursday: I work with our director of workplace about plans for our Workplace Conference on 26 April. Alice Arnold, the radio presenter, will be interviewing industry leaders at the event, so we work on a brief for her before meeting Ernst & Young to talk about their sponsorship of our five-yearly review of the Workplace Equality Index.

Friday: Finally, a chance to catch up on emails. I've been invited to talk to a GP conference about mental health - a definite "yes". I have yet to respond to the person who emailed to say "we need a woman for our panel".

Stonewall is a charity working for equality and justice for lesbians, gay men and bisexuals.

Ruth Hunt is director of public affairs at Stonewall

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