Stonewall is the largest British charity for lesbian, gay and bisexual equality. Founded in 1988 to protest against the Section 28 amendment, which banned local authorities from ‘promoting’ homosexuality, Stonewall went from strength to strength and in 1994 they hosted the first of seven Stonewall Equality shows at the Royal Albert Hall.
Joanna Lumley and Jennifer Saunders appeared in character as Patsy and Eddie from the BBC television sitcom Absolutely Fabulous. Elton John closed the show by singing 'There Is Nothing Like a Dame' while dressed in full drag and sang a duet with Kylie Minogue.
The event was sold out and raised £100,000 for Stonewall.
The fund raising benefit show was directed by Sir Ian McKellen and was at the time the biggest ticketed gay and lesbian event ever held in the UK.
Micahel Barrymore took to the stage to sing 'I am what I am', after announcing that he was gay in August 1995 and thanked people for their support.
At an additional cost, ticket holders were able to join the performers in Heaven, a gay nightclub in London, for a private after-party.
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