Saving Lives, Promoting Democracy, Alleviating Poverty, and Fighting AIDS: The Case for Funding Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Populations (2010)

By: Liz Galst, Arcus Operating Foundation

This paper calls on development agencies to make more funds available to support groups working for the protection of LGBTs against hate violence in the developing world. It cites a GALANG report about the link between sexuality and poverty. “Fighting violence against LGBT people is important not only because it will protect millions of LGBTs from being raped, maimed or killed on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity,” says Anne Lim, executive director of GALANG (Philippines). Supporting work against hate violence promotes the rule of law and safeguards minorities. “Doing so,” Lim says, “will protect the democratic institutions that we hold so dear.” .

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