The Kaleidoscope Trust and Pride London have announced that US Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been awarded the first World LGBT Award.

The joint award from the two organisations recognises the international attention Clinton has brought to LGBT rights by her public support and advocacy.

The US government strategy to protect the rights of gay and lesbian people around the world and combat the criminalisation of homosexuality was set out in a major speech by Clinton at the United Nations last December.

The Kaleidoscope Trust was among the international human rights organisations invited to meet Clinton.

“Secretary Clinton not only believes that gay rights are human rights, but has acted to ensure that others begin to recognise these rights,” the Kaleidoscope Trust’s Harjeet Johal said.

The award will be given to Clinton at a gala award ceremony during World Pride which is being held in London this year.

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