Practising Catholic to head Britain’s largest gay rights group

A practising Catholic has been appointed as the new chief executive of Stonewall, which is Britain’s largest gay rights organisation.

Ruth Hunt has pledged to do more to win over “hearts and minds”.

Announcing her priorities, Ms Hunt said she wanted to build on recent successes – including legal same-sex marriage – by helping change social attitudes.

“There has been a natural priority on powerful institutions, but now we have achieved full legal equality,” she said.

“We now need to ensure society reflects the changes in our law.

“That means going right into our communities and seeing what matters in the lives of gay people across the country.”

In previous work with Stonewall, Ms Hunt has been heavily involved in campaigns to secure marriage equality, give lesbians access to fertility treatment and end homophobic bullying in schools.

Last year, she criticised the Catholic Church for banning a London church from performing gay masses.

She called the ban a “real shame” for the safety of gay Catholics, but has frequently advocated better relationships with faith leaders.

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