Trust Aims to Fight Homophobia in the Commonwealth
A new U.K. based group, the Kaleidoscope Diversity Trust, will launch Tuesday at an event hosted by the House of Commons.
The group, which has received the backing of Prime Minister David Cameron and all three major parties, will focus on combating sexual orientation discrimination in Commonwealth countries where anti-gay colonial era laws remain, concentrating particularly on areas of Africa where in recent years there’s been a move to further marginalize LGBT citizens.
Writing on the group’s website, the director of Kaleidoscope, Lance Price, clarified the aims of the organization :
“In supporting campaigns around the world we will always be guided by local needs and the help we are asked to give. Capacity Building is a key part of Kaleidoscope’s strategy.”
“In many countries the media present a very distorted image of what it means to be gay or lesbian. Those who promote discrimination and hatred find it much easier to get their message across than those who argue for understanding and mutual respect. Kaleidoscope works to ensure that the case against homophobia is heard wherever possible.
“Fighting prejudice and ignorance requires well-presented arguments based on reliable evidence. We commission and promote research to counter hatred of homosexuals whether for cultural, religious or any other reason.”
The group received the backing of Prime Minister David Cameron who said in a letter:
“Our country has made real progress on LGB and T equality and, without forgetting how far we’ve still got to go domestically, it is right that we should now increasingly turn our attention towards bringing about change abroad.
“In some countries, it’s simply appalling how people can be treated – how their rights are trampled on and the prejudices, and even violence, they suffer. So I want Britain to be a global beacon for reform. That’s why I am delighted to send my best wishes to Kaleidoscope, and wish them well in their work.”
Lib Dem coallition partner and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg also released a statement, in part saying:
The vision the organization is articulating — for a world where everyone can express their sexuality without fear of prejudice — is one all liberals stand behind. And we share your belief that global problems, ultimately, have grassroots, local solutions.
While leader of the opposition party, Labour’s Ed Miliband, in part said:
I am proud to offer my support to Kaleidoscope as it seeks to protect LGBT people from prejudice and persecution across the world.
The group is also supported by several high profiled out British entertainers including Sir Elton John and singer George Michael.
You can read more about Kaleidoscope and connect with the organization over at the Kaleidoscope website here.