Sir Elton John and George Michael will both attend the launch of new gay rights group at the House of Commons in London today, September 13.

Supported by British Prime Minister David Cameron and other high-ranking government officials, Kaleidoscope aims to revoke 19th British colonial anti-gay laws and stop persecution of gay and lesbian citizens, using business and political pressure.

“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,” says Cameron. “I want Britain to be a global beacon for reform.”

According to The Independent: "Currently, 38 of the 54 members of the Commonwealth criminalise homosexuality. Penalties include 25 years imprisonment in Trinidad and Tobago and 20 years plus flogging in Malaysia. Several countries, including Sierra Leone, Pakistan Tanzania and Bangladesh impose life imprisonment.

“Kaleidoscope says while many countries have national gay rights organisations there is no overall international body which can coordinate action.”

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