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Queer art initiative Homopromo will hold an art exhibition and auction celebrating LGBTQ+ artists and allies. The exhibition is being co-organised with Kaleidoscope Trust, in an effort to raise funds for the organisation’s work advocating for LGBTQ+ equality around the world.
The exhibition will feature a selection of artwork from artists across the world responding to global LGBTQ+ issues. Homosexuality is still illegal in over 70 countries, and punishable by death in 12 jurisdictions. Mass arrests of LGBTQ+ people in Nigeria and Uganda persist, as does the persecution and disappearance of gay men in Chechnya. Worldwide, trans people continue to experience discrimination and violence across all areas of life.
Artists are encouraged to submit their artwork via the Homopromo website by Monday 4th April. Successful applicants’ work will be printed and exhibited for one night only on Thursday 16th April at a free ticketed event held at Ugly Duck in Bermondsey, culminating in a live auction with all proceeds going to Kaleidoscope Trust.
On the upcoming event, Phyll Opoku-Gyimah, Executive Director of Kaleidoscope Trust said: The struggle for LGBTQ+ equality is, and has always been, a global one. At Kaleidoscope Trust, we work with organisations all around the world who are fighting to uphold the rights of the LGBTQ+ community, often in extremely hostile legal and cultural environments. We are delighted to be working with Homopromo to shed light on the often invisible struggle for global LGBTQ+ equality through the medium of art.
James Kemp, Founder and Director of Homopromo said: At Homopromo we believe in harnessing the power of art to change the world through positive protest. Our mission is simple, a world without discrimination against a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity. We are thrilled to be working with Kaleidoscope Trust to support the urgent work they do. It is important to remember that the LGBTQ+ community has no borders, so it is vital we support those living abroad suffering from discrimination.
Homopromo was established by James Kemp in 2014 in response to Russian anti gay laws prohibiting the “promotion of homosexuality”, a draconian measure used by conservative politicians to gain popularity with far right groups and embolden those who wished to persecute LGBTQ+ in Russia. The mission was simple, if Russia wouldn’t ‘promote’ homosexuality then homopromo would, filling the world with more glorious gay art whilst raising money for gay rights charities.
Homopromo has continued to spread a message of love and tolerance, broadening its remit with successive exhibitions to include a wide variety of LGBTQ+ issues. Homopromo is an inclusive organisation and welcomes anyone who wishes to collaborate in the quest for a global society free from homophobia and persecution of LGBTQ+ people.
About Kaleidoscope Trust
Established in 2011, Kaleidoscope Trust works to uphold the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT+) people in countries around the world where they are discriminated against or marginalised due to their sexual orientation, gender identity and/or gender expression. Since 2013, the organisation has hosted the Secretariat of the Commonwealth Equality Network (TCEN), which provides a unique space for LGBT+ advocates to challenge inequality in the Commonwealth, including by advocating for better national and regional policies, laws, and priorities of Commonwealth governments. Kaleidoscope Trust is also civil society Co-Chair of the Equal Rights Coalition, which works to advance the human rights of LGBT+ people and promote inclusive development of LGBT+ persons globally.