Kaleidoscope was launched with a reception held by the Speaker of the House of Commons, John Bercow MP. Kaleidoscope has received support from Prime Minister David Cameron, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, and Leader of the Opposition Ed Miliband. Elton John and George Michael were also supporters. Its Director is Lance Price.
One Kaleidoscope spokesman is Bisi Alimi, who became the first man to come out as gay on Nigerian television in 2004. He was subsequently abused, and fled the country in 2007. At the Kaleidoscope launch reception, Alimi said: "I am tired of international organisations coming to Africa to tell us what to do. Kaleidoscope is coming to Africa to say, ‘What do you want us to do?’, and that is the most important thing."
The organisation aims to work with existing groups campaigning for LGBT groups in other countries by using international lobbying in order to better enable groups to achieve their aims.
Kaleidoscope volunteers include Philippa Drew.
Kaleidoscope co-founded and coordinates The Commonwealth Equality Network (TCEN), the first civil society group to sustainably advocate on behalf on LGBT people within the Commonwealth diplomatic community, institutions and civil society.
- ↑ Jessica Geen, 'David Cameron Backs new International Gay Rights Charity', Pink News, 12 September 2011 http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2011/09/12/new-charity-kaleidoscope-to-support-gays-and-lesbians-abroad/, '
- ↑ Oliver Wright, 'Elton John Tells World Leaders: Stop Anti-Gay Discrimination', The Independent, 12 September 2011 http://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/politics/elton-john-tells-world-leaders-stop-antigay-discrimination-2353158.html ,
- ↑ Jessica Geen, 'Speaker Launches New Gay Rights Group Kaleidoscope', Pink News, 14 September 2011 http://www.pinknews.co.uk/2011/09/14/speaker-launches-gay-rights-group-kaleidoscope/