Ruth Hunt steps down as Stonewall CEO


The out lesbian Ruth Hunt will step down from the role in six months’ time, according to her statement on the charity’s website. Hunt led Stonewall for 5 years. “I have decided it’s time for someone else to lead this fantastic organization and take it into the next chapter,” she stated, but refused to explain the reason why she was quitting. Hunt took over as head of the British gay rights charity in 2014, leading an overhaul that saw the body begin to campaign on transgender rights for the first time (in spite of strong opposition of fellow lesbians who are anti-trans), and embrace LGBT+ diversity. Hunt’s predecessor as Stonewall CEO Ben Summerskill had faced repeated protests from the LGBT+ community over the charity’s trans-exclusive stance, and initial refusal to support same-sex marriage. A replacement for Hunt is yet to be announced.


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