Rainbow Fender to raise funds for Kaleidoscope Trust

July 24, 2020

Artist, singer-songwriter, producer and multi-instrumentalist girl in red, who is also known as Marie Ulven, has designed a one-of-a-kind rainbow Fender electric guitar to raise funds for Kaleidoscope Trust in support of global LGBTQ+ communities.

The unique Player Series Telecaster guitar, painted by girl in red herself, is up for grabs right now via an online charity raffle page (closing at 11.59pm on Sunday, August 2) with 100% of the proceeds raised being donated directly to Kaleidoscope Trust, which works to uphold the human rights of LGBTQ+ people in countries around the world where they are discriminated against or marginalised due to their sexual orientation, gender identity and/or gender expression. The charity works with British and international institutions and partners to fund and support the work of activists to bring about positive legislative, policy and social change for LGBTQ+ people everywhere.

Phyll Opoku-Gyimah, Executive Director of Kaleidoscope Trust, said, ‘We are thrilled to have the support of both girl in red and Fender in raising funds for Kaleidoscope Trust. As a charity that works alongside grassroots activists internationally and who are combating the inequalities faced by LGBTQ+ people, the proceeds raised from the raffle will help Kaleidoscope Trust to continue carrying out the critical work that we do towards ensuring a free, safe and equal world for LGBTQ+ people everywhere.

‘Our community is being affected disproportionately by the Covid-19 pandemic, so we are grateful for girl in red’s support – not only through the proceeds from the raffle – but also in having the opportunity to highlight and raise awareness of the work that we do to help fight discrimination against LGBTQ+ individuals around the world.’

The electric Telecaster guitar is from Fender’s Player Series line and was reimagined and painted by girl in red in the famous colours of the rainbow flag. Bold, innovative and rugged, the Player Telecaster is pure Fender through and through, and is versatile enough to handle almost anything you can create – perfect for complete beginners to playing guitar and experts alike.

Speaking about the collaboration, Marie said, ‘As a privileged queer person, I feel it is important that I am as loud as possible. Music can create an incredible and safe space for those who need it the most and this feels like an authentic way I can help others in the community.

‘My first electric guitar was a Fender and the rainbow flag is such an iconic and positive design that I hope everybody loves this guitar as much as I do. What’s better than raising money for an amazing cause and helping somebody to pursue their music dreams at the same time!?’

The winner of the raffle will also receive three months of free online guitar tuition via Fender Play so that anybody in the world can pick the instrument up and start making their own noise.

The raffle is available for all to enter on Rally Up with a starting donation of £5 for ten entries or alternatively £10 for 30 entries. Each social share will also grant supporters five additional entries once a donation has been made.

For more info on Kaleidoscope Trust, CLICK HERE