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Kaleidoscope Trust: World Pride
As official charity partner to this year's World Pride in London, Kaleidoscope spent a busy Pride fortnight running a series of events that kept the spotlight on this year's theme - the battle for the decriminalisation of homosexuality. In the 78 countries it is still illegal to be gay. In five of them the death penalty still applies. From exclusive fundraisers to activist conferences to fantastic comedy galas, we've rounded-up the best moments of this year's celebrations. It's been an incredibly successful fortnight for Kaleidoscope as we honoured this year's celebrations and made sure that those who still face persecution because of their sexual orientation or gender identity were not forgotten.
Kaleidoscope Trust presentsLGBT Tribute to Hillary Clinton
The Kaleidoscope Trust honoured US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton with a unique work of art as recognition for her work promoting the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people. The artwork, a huge American flag with the full text of her speech on gay rights to the United Nations sewn into it, was presented to the US Ambassador to the United Kingdom, Louis Susman, who accepted it on Clinton's behalf. Read the full story here.
Imagine if it were illegal for you to be you
With the support of John Barrowman, Kaleidoscope launched our major new campaign to promote the human rights of LGBTI people wherever it’s a crime to be gay. This major new campaign asks the question "Imagine if it were illegal for you to be you?" During Pride nobody should forget the millions of people who are made criminals in their own countries because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. This hard-hitting video has attracted almost 50,000 views in its first week and plenty of press coverage. John Barrowman presented the video on BBC News, Five News, LBC, BBC Scotland and Radio 5 Live. The campaign marks a major step forward for Kaleidoscope in the battle against the discrimination and persecution millions of people face across the world every day. To get involved you can view the video here and share it with your friends and social networks.
Love Without Borders
On Wednesday 4 July Kaleidoscope was involved in Pride London's first ever international conference on LGBTI Rights in the Commonwealth. Featuring a line-up of LGBT campaigners and activists from across the world, the conference was a political high point of the Pride festival, empowering delegates with the facts surrounding the laws that criminalise homosexuality and exploring how recent successes in countries such as India have been achieved. Kaleidoscope Director, Bisi Alimi chaired a successful session and spoke on our approach to decriminalisation strategy.
The Global LGBTI Workplace Summit
5th – 6th July
Kaleidoscope is proud to have been the organising partner of the Global LGBTI Workplace Summit,which took place on the 5th and 6th July. This dynamic event brought together people from around the world to consider ways to build greater equality in the workplace for LGBTI people and our allies. Kaleidoscope board member David Chalmers moderated a lunchtime panel discussion that discussed how governments, corporations and NGOs can work together to bring about change on a global basis and reduce discrimination and prejudice based on one's sexuality.
Pride Gala Dinner
On Thursday 5 July the Kaleidoscope team was honoured to attend ‘Dine with Pride’ at London’s grand Langham Hotel - a star-studded fundraiser to support a newly created 'Solidarity Fund'. This fund has been set up to support organisations in the Commonwealth that work with and for the LGBTI community to tackle homophobia and transphobia. The evening featuredy leading figures from the LGBT community. US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton sent a video message to accept the inaugral World LGBT Award, jointly presented by World Pride and Kaleidoscope.
London Gay Men's Chorus Celebrate Pride
The London Gay Men's Chorus help ring in this year's World Pride with a special charity concert at Southwark Cathedral. Reprising songs from their sold out 21st Anniversary show, the concert raised much-appreciated funds for the Kaleidoscope Trust. The event was fantastically received - in particular the moving speech by Kaleidoscope's Bisi Alimi, about the ongoing struggle against persecution.
World Pride - Trafalgar Square Rally
The big day itself saw an amazing response to Kaleidoscope's presence at Pride and to our new campaign 'Illegal to be you.' After a rousing reponse to the Kaleidoscope marching group, we could be found in the community section of Trafalgar Square. There was masses of interest in our work and in the situation for LGBTI people around the world. Our 'Illegal to be you' t-shirts were the hit of the day and quickly sold out. More than 1500 signed up to support Kaleidoscope and to lend their voices to the 'Illegal to be you campaign. The positive response to our campaign and our work was almost overwhelming.
Ha Ha Hackney presents A Gay Extravaganza
To finish up the Pride weekend, Kaleidoscope was the charity partner for this gay comedy spectacular presented by Ha Ha Hackney. An evening of Hilarity, Heaven and High Camp, this event was graced by some of the country's top LGBT comedians,the London Gay Men's Chorus, a Drag chorus line, show-stopping numbers and a classic 'Carry On' tribute. Our very own Perrier award winning comedian and board member Simon Fanshawe made an appearance. Hosted by Sandi Toksvig and Stephen K. Amos, the show will had all the glitz, glamour and gaiety our top gay comedians can offer.
Legalise Love: Decriminalising homosexuality and eliminating homophobia
Finally, Kaleidoscope was honoured to join Google as they launched their new campaign, Legalise Love. Google is calling for equal rights for LGBTI people around the world and is using their expertise and global reach to get the message out . Kaleidoscope founder and Executive Director Lance Price spoke on a panel with Peter Tatchell, Shami Chakrabarti (Liberty) and Wojtek Szot (founder of Love Does Not Exclude, Poland) about LGBTI rights around the world.