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Photography exhibition commissioned by Kaleidoscope Trust returns to London to celebrate Pride In London


An exhibition of photographs by photographer Eivind Hansen, which were commissioned by Kaleidoscope Trust, will return to London to mark London Pride. 


On July 3, LGBT+ activists from around the world are coming together to show their colours at the opening of this unique photography exhibition. The exhibition, Queer Commonwealth: Faces of the LGBT+ Movement, captures like never before, the faces of the human rights activists who are leading the way for LGBT+ rights across the Commonwealth.


Currently, there are over 70 countries across the world that criminalise consensual sex between men, with 45 also criminalising consensual same-sex intimacy between women. In the Commonwealth, 36 out of 53 nations continue to criminalise homosexuality, with 16 criminalising female homosexuality. This represents half of the countries that criminalise same-sex intimacy worldwide. In April, following a legal challenge, Trinidad and Tobago became the most recent nation to decriminalise.


“I believe in the collective power of the people for change towards fairness,” says Jide Macaulay, co-founder and CEO of LGBT+ faith organisation House of Rainbow and trustee of Kaleidoscope Trust.


“My motivation is based on the fact that we live in times where all people, regardless of sexuality, sexual orientation and gender identity, race or religion, should be able to live their lives in peace with security and assurance of legal protection. I want to see a shift in how society sees LGBT+ people.” 

The stunning series of photographs, taken by London-based photographer Eivind Hansen and commissioned by Kaleidoscope Trust showcase, 33 members of the Commonwealth Equality Network (TCEN), a network of organisations working to challenge inequality in the Commonwealth based on sexual orientation and gender identity.


  “I’ve always wanted my work to represent a positive change in the world. Photographing people within the LGBT+ spectrum has become something that’s very important to me,” said renowned photographer, Eivind Hansen. “I hope the photos can create more visibility around LGBT+ people and their struggle for equality in the countries they come from.”


Opening in London next week to coincide with Pride In London, the photo series features subjects from Namibia, Barbados, Malaysia, Malta, Australia, Tonga, Trinidad and Tobago, Sri Lanka and many more.


 “As a founding member and Secretariat of The Commonwealth Equality Network, Kaleidoscope Trust strongly believes in joint advocacy,” said Executive Director of Kaleidoscope Trust, Paul Dillane.


“With 36 out of 53 Commonwealth nations criminalising homosexuality, the fight for global LGBT+ rights continues. These photos celebrate the vibrancy, positivity and diversity of LGBT+ activists from across the Commonwealth. Following the recent legalisation of same-sex marriage in Australia, we are thrilled that Australian High Commission will be hosting this exhibition during Pride In London.”


Queer Commonwealth: Faces of the LGBT+ Movement opens for a private viewing on Tuesday July 3 and will be located in Australia House (Strand, London WC2B 4LA) in west London. This year Australia House celebrates its centenary, making it the oldest diplomatic mission in the UK.


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