- The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) released new guidelines and recommendations for addressing and promoting LGBTQ programs in foreign nations.
- Some of these programs include appointing LGBTQ “focal point” leaders and aiming to support youth during their “self-identification.”
- “USAID plays a crucial role in agenda setting, promulgating norms and precedents, and encouraging multi-sectoral investments that support LGBTQI+ inclusive development globally,” the framework reads.
The U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) recommended new LGBTQ advancements and programs for its 100+ locations across the globe, according to a new policy framework released Wednesday.
The USAID aims to promote pro-LGBTQ policies and increase the presence of LGBTQ “programming” via its mission locations throughout the world, which include Africa, South America and the Middle East, according to the 2023 “LGBTQI+ Inclusive Development Policy.” These programs include appointing LGBTQ “focal point” leaders, integrating LGBTQ “inclusion” into crisis response and working with foreign local LGBTQ groups to influence and drive policy.
The USAID views pro-LGBTQ advancements as “cause for cautious optimism” and claims that measures are needed to keep foreign nations from “backsliding,” according to the framework.
“USAID plays a crucial role in agenda setting, promulgating norms and precedents, and encouraging multi-sectoral investments that support LGBTQI+ inclusive development globally,” the framework reads. “While recent momentum in some countries toward repealing and reforming laws that criminalize same-sex conduct—including many anti-LGBTQI+ laws inherited from colonial powers—is cause for cautious optimism, some countries have experienced significant backsliding.”
“Globally, serious gaps in fundamental legal protections for LGBTQI+ individuals remain,” it continues.
JUST LAUNCHED: USAID’s Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex #InclusiveDevelopment Policy.
The policy provides a blueprint for integrating #LGBTQI+ individuals in USAID policy and programming.
— USAID (@USAID) August 2, 2023
USAID plans to address these gaps through various means, including by appointing an LGBTQ “focal point” leader at each mission to help “advance LGBTQI+ inclusive development,” according to the framework. The leader will work on and advise diversity, equity inclusion and accessibility (DEIA) councils and spearhead efforts to “cultivate relationships” with local LGBTQ communities.
USAID will also promote “inclusive approaches to humanitarian and development assistance” that highlights “the participation, needs, and capacities of LGBTQI+ individuals in these settings” in an effort to reduce crisis events that”disproportionately” affect them, according to the framework.
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