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World Pride Selects Charity Partner

The Kaleidoscope Trust has been selected as the official charity partner for Pride London, this year’s hosts of World Pride. The theme of the 2012 pride events, which run from June 23rd to July 8th, is the international decriminalisation of homosexuality. World Pride's stated aim is to raise awareness of those suffering persecution because of their sexuality. The World Pride board considered the Kaleidoscope Trust to be an ideal partner given its international focus and effectiveness in communicating the message of decriminalisation.

The Festival will include events such as an international conference on gay rights, international evenings, and the headline event – the Parade on July 7th. This will shine a spotlight on oppressive regimes and further the message that gay rights are human rights.  Both organisations look forward to working together in the campaign for true global equality for the LGBT community.

Dr Patrick Williams, Chairman of Pride London, said: ‘"We are delighted to have Kaleidoscope as our charity partner this year.  Both organisations have shared beliefs, and we look forward working together in raising awareness to the international situation for LGBT people, and progressing the campaign for the decriminalisation of homosexuality. "

Lance Price, Executive Director of The Kaleidoscope Trust, said: “It's a great honour to have been chosen as the exclusive charity partner for Pride London. The eyes of the world will be on London in 2012 and World Pride will be a vital part of that. We look forward to working with the Pride London team to ensure that the event is not only a great celebration but also an opportunity to remind the millions of LGBT people expected to converge on London that the struggle for basic human rights for gay men and lesbians around the globe still has a very long way to go.”

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