England’s Kaleidoscope Trust has created a new video that asks viewers to imagine what it would be like if it were “illegal to be you”.
The video, out on YouTube now, features people being harassed, spat on and refused service for being blond, or blue-eyed, or bald, or old.
“What if it were illegal for you to be you?” Kaleidoscope Trust asks. “Imagine if it were illegal to have blue eyes or be under 5ft 10ins and if breaking this law meant you could go to prison or face attack or even death.
“In many countries around the world, gay people don’t have to imagine it. They already face the very real prospect of being criminalised for their sexuality. In no fewer than 78 countries around the world homosexual acts are still illegal. In five of them the maximum penalty is death.
“Kaleidoscope Trust will campaign until equality is respected everywhere and there is universal acceptance of human rights for all regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.
It should never be a crime to be gay.”
Watch the video below and share it around.