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David Cameron welcomes launch of international gay rights charity

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Prime Minister David Cameron has welcomed the launch of a UK-based charity to support LGBT people suffering persecution around the world. External site: [The Kaleidoscope Trust ](http://www.kaleidoscopetrust.com/)

The Kaleidoscope Diversity Trust will work with local gay rights campaigners and lobby for equal rights in areas such as Africa and the Middle East.

Mr Cameron said LGBT equality was a “hugely important” issue for the Government and Britain should be a “global beacon for reform”.

The PM said:

Our country has made real progress on LGB&T equality and, without forgetting how far we’ve still got to go domestically, it is right that we should now increasingly turn our attention towards bringing about change abroad.

In some countries, it’s simply appalling how people can be treated - how their rights are trampled on and the prejudices, and even violence, they suffer. So I want Britain to be a global beacon for reform. That’s why I am delighted to send my best wishes to Kaleidoscope, and wish them well in their work.

Be in no doubt, this is a hugely important issue to this Government. Last March, we published an update on our plan on LGB&T issues. It included fourteen areas where we want to act internationally, covering issues like asylum and protecting the rights of British citizens living, working or travelling abroad. We look forward to the contribution that Kaleidoscope will make to the debate on and progress towards equality worldwide.