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Elton John And George Michael To Fight Homophobic Violence With Kaleidoscope

Elton John and George Michael will participate in the launch of Kaleidoscope, a new gay rights group in Britain that aims to stop homophobic violence around the world.

The Guardian UK reports about the this international group:

An international pressure group is to be launched in Britain on Tuesday to tackle the rise in homophobic violence around the world, with a focus on Africa and the Middle East.

The UK’s three main political parties have declared their support for Kaleidoscope, an independent group campaigning for the rights of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender communities, after a series of high-profile attacks on sexual minorities in developing countries.

In January, the Ugandan gay rights activist David Kato was bludgeoned to death after he was pictured on the front of the Ugandan tabloid Rolling Stone alongside the headline Hang Them. Last week three men were executed in Iran for homosexuality.

According to Kaleidoscope, more than third of all countries still have laws against consensual homosexual acts and 38 of the 54 members of the Commonwealth criminalise homosexuality.

The Independent UK ads:

Top UK music stars Elton John and George Michael have been invited to attend the official launch in the House of Commons of Kaleidoscope, which aims to get 19th-century British colonial anti-gay laws revoked in the Commonwealth and beyond, using business and political pressure.

It comes after campaigners grew increasingly concerned at how homosexual persecution is being actively encouraged by some Commonwealth states ? particularly in Africa.

In January, a Ugandan gay rights campaigner was beaten to death after being “outed” by a local newspaper which published photographs of people that it said were gay with the headline: “Hang them.”

Lesbians in South Africa have been murdered and subjected to violent attacks, including so-called “corrective rapes”, while activists in Kenya and Ghana have also been targeted.

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