Report shows world gay rights situation

Published: December 23, 2011

A new British-based organization campaigning on gay rights worldwide has released its report documenting the position of global LGBT rights.

The Kaleidoscope Trust was launched with a reception at the House of Commons in September under the leadership of former Number 10 spin doctor Lance Price.

Pride told Gay Star News: ‘Now we are coming to the end of the year we’ve made lots of progress: we have a good structure with a strong board of directors. We now need to concentrate on funding.’

He feels there has been positive progress in 2011.

‘This has been a huge year for LGBT rights,’ Price said. ‘Western countries have made great progress with leaders such as Obama and US Secretary of State Hilary Clinton pushing for LGBT rights.’

Politicians who have followed suit of Obama and Clinton include Zimbabwean Prime Minister Morgan Tsyangirai and former Botswana President Festus Moae. Both of these men have said they support the decriminalisation of same-sex relations.

The 2011 Kaleidoscope report also documents the welcome to first ever openly intersex mayor, Australia’s Tony Briffa, and Europe’s first openly transsexual MP, Poland’s Anna Grodzka.

In addition to public political support, Lance spoke to Gay Star News about some of the unsung heroes, who have shown immense courage and sacrifice in their crusade for equal human rights. One of these is Cameroon’s Alice Nkom.

‘Alice is a heterosexual woman. She is a grandmother in her 60s, and a trained lawyer who is now out of work for openly supporting LGBT rights in Cameroon,’ Price explained. ‘She has singlehandedly taken the lead role in a small group and is pioneering for others. Her work stands out for me as a 2011 highlight.’

The report details other important events in the 2011 human rights calendar for LGBT people, such as:

* The repeal of the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ US military bill
* Same-sex marriage support from Australia’s Labour party, the Brazilian Supreme Court and the state of New York, USA
* Decriminalisation of homosexuality in: Seychelles, Sao Tomé Principe, Nauru and Northern Cyprus
* Argentina’s passing of a transsexuals’ equal rights law
* The passing of an anti-discrimination bill in Colombia, which affects LGBT people
* Over 70 countries participating in the 2011 International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO)

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