An Historic Victory for LGBT People
On October 26th, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) announced that it will prohibit its contractors from denying life-saving services and international aid from the United States to LGBT people, simply because of who they are or whom they love.
Historically, LGBT were vulnerable to falling through the cracks of U.S. foreign aid programs because our government had never established anti-discrimination policies, until now. While the U.S. provides more than $1 billion in aid through USAID contractors to ensure prosperous, healthy societies through its support of healthcare systems, emergency relief, food aid and much more, LGBT people living abroad have sometimes been overlooked and at other times purposely left out.
Now, LGBT people in the developing world can safely and securely receive essential services from programs and efforts funded by USAID—regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity.
Tell U.S. Administrator Gayle Smith that you applaud the new policy to ensure that LGBT people will have equal access to services and aid delivered by the United States.
Thank you for your leadership on USAID's new policy!