The Kaleidoscope Diversity Trust, a new UK-based charity backed by political leaders and Prime Minister David Cameron, will be launched to support LGBT people suffering persecution around the world. “Britain should be a global beacon for reform on the issue of LGBT rights,” said Cameron.
It will focus on emerging gay rights movements in Africa and the Middle East. Along with many prominent gay people, Elton John and George Michael were invited to the official launch in the House of Commons. “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,” said Cameron.
Lance Price, The director of Kaleidoscope explained, “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.”