Historically, activists in the Asia Pacific region have struggled to be heard globally. This can in part be because the local political class and media choose to ignore such issues, or because they are unaware of the work that LGBTI activists are doing.
At the local level, we can advise on how best to approach and nurture friendly news media and politicians in your home country.
We can also disseminate your news to the global LGBTI and news media and advocate on your behalf with the Australian or UK (through Kaleidoscope Trust) governments if appropriate. In particular, we maintain an ongoing dialogue with the Australian Minister for Foreign Affairs and the opposition Minister over regional developments and commitments to aid the progress of reform in certain countries. Within our team we have many years of experience in strategic media relations and political lobbying that can be leveraged to support the needs of local activists.
Kaleidoscope has contributed a range of articles in the Star Observer, Australia’s largest LGBTI news publication, providing a snapshot of LGBTI rights in a different country in the region each month. These articles seek to raise awareness of regional LGBTI rights issues and amplify local activist voices. We have contributed articles on the following countries so far:
- Tonga (May 2016) – page 12 of print edition
- Myanmar (March 2016)
- Taiwan (February 2016)
- Micronesia region (December 2015)
- Sri Lanka (November 2015)
- Nepal (October 2015)
- Cambodia (September 2015)
- Vietnam (July 2015)
- Japan (June 2015)
We work to raise the profile of an internationalised LGBTI network of activists working together. We do this through strategic media relations (check out our media archive) and social media. We encourage you to connect with us by liking our Facebook page, follow us on LinkedIn or follow us on twitter: @KaleidoscopeHRF
Finally, we will also, from time to time, participate in talks, workshops and regional conferences.