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Trust Aims to Fight Homophobia in the Commonwealth

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.

 

Related Reading:

Gay Sex is Genocide Says Former Ghana Official

“No Place” For Anti-Gay Discrimination in the Commonwealth

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Photo used under the Creative Commons Attribution License with thanks to Atomische Tom Giebel.

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2:59PM PDT on Sep 22, 2011

thank you for this good news.

8:35AM PDT on Sep 22, 2011

YADIYADIYADA. Emanuel V.

5:46PM PDT on Sep 17, 2011

WONDERFUL! There needs to be a branch office in EVERY school and COMMUNITY CENTER. SOMEDAY,maybe,YOUR SEXUAL ORIENTATION WILL BE YOUR BUSINESS--and YOUR PARTNER'S. Then the government can return to taking care of the needy and the neighbors can worry about curbing their dog!

4:03PM PDT on Sep 16, 2011

Homophobia is not a fear of homosexuals. It is a fear of ones hiden homosexual desires . God forbid anyone ever find out. That is the fear.

3:29PM PDT on Sep 16, 2011

For the Prime Minister to make such remarks of support, this is quite impressive.

6:23PM PDT on Sep 15, 2011

Life is life. Every single life form contains a spark of the same divine source as any other.
Until we open the inner eye, some among us will continue to create imaginary differences and separations to suit our egos. The Spirit that sustains all is genderless. Why base an opinion of self and other on gender that is external?

7:31AM PDT on Sep 15, 2011

Any change in this area is good because it will eventually change attitudes.

8:41PM PDT on Sep 14, 2011

I applaud the aims of the Trust but am skeptical if any real progress will be made in changing people's attitudes.

7:23PM PDT on Sep 14, 2011

I wish people would learn to live in peace with others,without making their sexlife a common issue. It is privet part of people's lives and really isn't anybody else's business!

6:42PM PDT on Sep 14, 2011

Discrimination where ever it happens to whom ever it happens to for being LGBT is just plain wrong.

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