House LGBT Caucus Commends USAID on Groundbreaking Non-Discrimination Rule

Jan 13, 2017
Press Release

1433 Longworth House Office Building, Washington, D.C. 20515

Date: October 26, 2016         Contact:  Roddy Flynn, (202) 226-7572

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

House LGBT Caucus Commends USAID on Groundbreaking Non-Discrimination Rule

Washington, D.C. -- The Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus applauded today the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) for creating a new rule prohibiting  USAID-funded programs from discriminating against the LGBT community in their services.

“On behalf of the LGBT Equality Caucus, I thank USAID for this critical nondiscrimination rule,” said LGBT Equality Caucus Co-Chair Rep. David Cicilline (RI - 1).  “Both here in the United States and abroad, LGBT people are routinely targets of violence and discrimination. USAID’s latest rule shows the world that we take the wellbeing of LGBT people seriously, and that we will not tolerate denying LGBT people critical services.”

“I am happy to hear of USAID’s latest rule,” said LGBT Equality Caucus Vice-Chair Rep. Alan Lowenthal (CA - 47).  “U.S. foreign assistance is a critical part of our mission to promote human rights across the globe, and LGBT individuals are often those in dire need of these services. USAID’s rule ensures that all marginalized communities can access its programs without fear of being turned away arbitrarily.”

By explicitly including sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes, USAID is ensuring that LGBT communities across the world are able to access its often life-saving services, spanning from HIV/AIDS treatment to food aid.  This rule reinforces the U.S.’s commitment to equality, fairness, and dignity, and shows that the U.S. government does not tolerate discrimination of any kind.  USAID’s latest nondiscrimination rule follows other efforts by the administration to promote and protect the rights of LGBT persons across the world, and to ensure equality broadly.

Please contact Roddy Flynn at 202-257-8416 or roddy.flynn@mail.house.gov with press inquiries.

The mission of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus is to promote lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) equality.  The bi-partisan LGBT Equality Caucus is strongly committed to achieving the full enjoyment of human rights for LGBT people in the U.S. and around the world.  By serving as a resource for Members of Congress, their staff, and the public on LGBT issues, the Caucus works toward the extension of equal rights, the repeal of discriminatory laws, the elimination of hate-motivated violence, and the improved health and wellbeing for all regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity/expression.

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