USAID Releases Historic LGBTQ-Inclusive Development Policy

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08/02/2023

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) announced on Wednesday its first-ever LGBTQI+ inclusive development policy, which will guide the agency’s inclusion of LGBTQ+ rights support in its programming. “The Policy outlines overarching USAID principles and objectives for LGBTQI+ inclusive development programs and activities as part of a coordinated Agency priority, and advances USAID’s commitment to supporting protection, inclusion, and human rights for all so that LGBTQI+ individuals are able to live with dignity and free from all forms of violence, discrimination, stigma, and criminalization,” the agency said in a press release. USAID said that LGBTQ-inclusive development that is locally led helps strengthen livelihoods, economies, and democracies. It’ll serve as a blueprint for bringing queer individuals into the agency’s work on the ground.

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