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Clinton to receive World LGBT Award

American Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has been honoured by a British charity for the work she has done for the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community.

The politician has been named as the first winner of the World LGBT Award presented by The Kaleidoscope Trust and Pride London.

It recognises the international attention she brought to LGBT rights after her speech to the United Nations in Geneva in December 2011.

In the speech, Mrs Clinton said "it should never be a crime to be gay", adding the US would combat the criminalisation of homosexuality around the world.

The Kaleidoscope Trust welcomed her speech and was among the international human rights organisations invited to meet Mrs Clinton.

Harjeet Johal, of The Kaleidoscope Trust, said: "Secretary Clinton not only believes that gay rights are human rights, but has acted to ensure that others begin to recognise these rights.

"It is for this reason she has been selected for the award.

"Her bravery, leadership and personal commitment has shone the spotlight onto those nations where being gay remains illegal. Her support has strengthened our cause and advanced our fight beyond measure."

The award will be presented to Mrs Clinton at an awards ceremony during the World Pride event, which aims to raise awareness of those suffering persecution because of their sexuality.

It will be hosted by London from June 23 to July 8 and will include an international conference on gay rights, international evenings and the headline event - the parade on July 7.


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