It has long been suspected that LGBT discrimination stifles innovation, curbs economic growth and locks people into the devastating cycle of extreme poverty. A new report proves it.
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USAID’s “Being LGBT in Asia” initiative has just released its eighth series of comprehensive country reports. They examine the LGBT experience across Asia, highlighting the various stages of social acceptance, tolerance and challenges that LGBT people experience across the continent.
While June’s Pride month celebrations have ended, we have many reasons to keep the celebrations going – with release of the USAID LGBT Vision for Action, concretely demonstrating support for the human rights of LGBT persons around the world.
New Report Highlights the Hardships and Hard-Won Victories for LGBT People in the Europe and Eurasia Region
As the recent winter Olympics in Sochi illustrated all too well, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people in Russia face tremendous hurdles in their everyday lives, including openly hostile laws and an extremely difficult working environment for the grassroots organizations that advocate for social change in the face of grave personal risks. The situation in Russia is unfortunately not unique, with LGBT people facing increasing hostility, discriminatory laws, and escalating threats of violence in many countries around the world.
Regina Jun, Gender Advisor for the Bureau of Latin America and the Caribbean, spoke with Maurice Tomlinson, who is an Attorney-at-Law, law lecturer on sexual rights, and HIV/AIDS advocate.
An important part of this year’s UNGA agenda is inclusive development efforts to ensure equal access to foreign aid and the protection of the human rights of one of the world’s most vulnerable populations – lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people. Read more >>
In 2009, Secretary Clinton announced that the U.S. State Department would extend benefits to the same-sex partners of Foreign Service officers. Although I didn’t officially begin working for USAID until September 2012, I had applied to the agency’s Development Leadership Initiative program that summer and had little idea just how much this and other policy advancements towards […]