Kaleidoscope Trust

Advocacy

Our advocacy work aims to spread awareness among officials and policy-makers about LGBT right across the globe, particularly in the Commonwealth, urging them to use their power and influence in support of the rights of LGBT people and effect real change in the lives of LGBT communities around the world. We utilise our established relationships with a network of UK parliamentarians; officials and policy-makers in the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and the Department for International Development; and Commonwealth institutions.

 

UK Parliament 

The Kaleidoscope Trust's work with UK parliamentarians includes regular briefings both via newsletters and face-to-face meetings, helping to explain and frame the issue of the rights of LGBT people and any developments in this field. We have received cross party support from all major British political parties. We have an active Parliamentary Friends group, Chaired by former minister Crispin Blunt MP. For more information please contact parliament@kaleidoscopetrust.com.

Reactive advocacy  

Our reactive advocacy has included responding to developments in Uganda, India and Nigeria. We've briefed parliamentarians, and held meetings with country desks at the FCO, activists and NGOs to discuss strategy, responses and interventions to negative developments.

 

The Kaleidoscope Trust regularly briefs over 200 policy-makers and officials with a fortnightly digest of LGBT rights developments around the world, providing a vital and well-received source of up-to-date information.

Commonwealth  

We engage in advocacy with various Commonwealth institutions and key officials. We engage directly with the Commonwealth Secretariat, and have coordinated successful round-table discussions with key stakeholders within the Commonwealth. We aim to raise awareness of LGBT human rights in the Commonwealth in the run-up to and at Commonwealth Heads of Government Meetings, most recently in Sri Lanka in 2013.  As part of this advocacy work, we commissioned and published a report on the rights of LGBTI citizens across the Commonwealth. We are now working to ensure that the voices of LGBT citizens across the Commonwealth are not ignored in the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, and are co-hosting a conference on the human rights of LGBT people in the Commonwealth in conjunction with the games. We are preparing for the next Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting, to be held in Malta in 2015.