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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.

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Let’s Stand Up For Inclusion, Not Exclusion

The stigma and discrimination faced by people living with HIV/AIDS continues to be a roadblock for access to critical prevention and care. Yet every day I see significant steps that are being taken to overcome this obstacle, especially efforts led by USAID.

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LGBT Rights in Jamaica: A Conversation with Maurice Tomlinson

Photo of Maurice Tomlinson. Credit: Maurice Tomlinson.

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.

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USAID leads on LGBT Inclusivity: Sharing Best Practices with the Private Sector and NGOs

At this year’s Out & Equal Summit, USAID presented a session on “Changing the Way of Doing Business: LGBT Integration at USAID.” Staff in attendance (from left to right): Claire Lucas, Regina Jun, Matthew Emry and Anthony Cotton. Photo credit: USAID

USAID has made bold institutional changes to policies, operations, and programming to advance the human rights of LGBT people abroad. Read more >>

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Why the Arts and Youth Matter for LGBT Global Development

USAID Administrator Rajiv Shah dances with a Family Ayara Youth Foundation dancer in a trip to Bogota, Colombia in April 2013. Photo credit: USAID

Arts and youth play a key role in international development. Read more >>

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Taking Our New Model of LGBT Inclusive Development to UNGA

USAID’s LGBT Global Development Partnership promotes foreign assistance to lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) equality in emerging markets and developing countries. Photo by: Pat Adams/USAID

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 >>

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Empowering LGBTI people in Colombia to Advocate for Their Own Rights

USAID conducts training on on respecting and protecting LGBTI rights in Cartagena. Photo credit: Victory Institute

USAID Senior Advisor of Office of Innovation and Development Alliances shares her recent visits to Colombia, where she witnessed how USAID is supporting the LGBTI populations in the region so they can advocate for their own rights. Read more >>

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USAID in the News

Pallets of USAID-supplied food, water and supplies. Photo credit: USAID

A review of USAID’s top news highlights for week of August 26, 2013. Read more >>

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USAID in the News

President Obama delivers remarks during a visit to the Feed the Future Agricultural Technologies Marketplace in Senegal. Photo credit: Kate Gage, USAID

A review of USAID’s top news highlights for week of June 24, 2013. Read more >>

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LGBT Families at USAID: Integration and Solidarity in Nicaragua

USAID Democracy, Human Rights and Governance officer Jessica Morrison with her wife and newborn daughter. Photo credit: Jessica Morrison/USAID

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 […]

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