Gay rights charity Stonewall has launched a series of multilingual leaflets designed to promote gay freedoms in Britain to foreign visitors.

The polyglot range will advise gay visitors of the legal protections available to them and what to do if they run into difficulties in the UK.

‘You’re Welcome!’ will be available in English, French, Spanish, German, Italian and Polish.

The range is due to be distributed to every Tourist Information Office, Citizens Advice Bureau and police force in England, along with many bars and clubs. It aims to ensure that gay tourists know they should not accept persecution from state authorities in Britain because of their sexual orientation.

Stonewall Chief Executive Ben Summerskill said: “Years of campaigning by Stonewall has made sure Britain’s 3.7 million gay people are legally protected from discrimination in every walk of life, but we know many of the gay people who visit Britain might not have the same protection at home.

“Despite gay tourists’ billion-pound boost to the economy, during this Jubilee and Olympic year little has been done to make sure they know their rights and feel safe. Stonewall is proud to offer millions of gay people a warm welcome and some helpful advice.”

The guides are available online from www.stonewall.org.uk/visitorsguide