Kaleidoscope Trust

UK Human Rights Minister backs global LGBT rights campaign

'Millions around the world who do not have the freedom to express their sexuality are being remembered' - Browne

The British human rights minister, Jeremy Browne MP, has backed the Kaleidoscope Trust campaign 'Imagine if it were illegal for you to be you'.

Mr Browne, who is minister of state at the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) said the campaign video'beings home vividly how it must feel to be singled out and abused just for being who you are.'

 

The FCO have put the video on the official government website and are encouraging British embassies and high commissions around the world to make use of it where possible.

 

The campaign was launched yesterday with a mock protest at Westminster by the actor and presenter John Barrowman. The video shows people being attacked and abused for things they cannot help, like having blue eyes, being bald or being short.

 

Jeremy Browne said: "I am delighted to welcome Kaleidoscope's 'Imagine if it were illegal for you to be you' campaign. This video brings home very vividly how it must feel to be singled out and abused just for being who you are. And the statistics are chilling. Many people will be shocked to hear that 78 countries around the world still criminalise homosexuality and that in five cases the maximum penalty is death.


"Over a million LGBT people will be in London this weekend to celebrate 'World Pride'. But it is especially gratifying that, thanks to campaigns like this, the many millions more around the world who do not have the freedom to express their sexuality are not being forgotten."