Wednesday, June 25, 2014

US Funds Global LGBT Forum


U.S. National Security Advisor Susan Rice announced a 3.95 million dollar partnership between the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) & the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce (NGLCC) to encourage & LGBT business owners & entrepreneurs in developing countries. The unprecedented agreement was presented Tuesday afternoon at a White House event & holds the promise of creating a more equitable business & cultural environment for LGBT people through economic empowerment. Rice stated, “Unfortunately, in too many places, being gay or transgender is enough to make someone the target of slurs, torments & violence…protecting our LGBT brothers & sisters is among the most challenging human rights issues we face. Thanks to a new partnership between the National Gay & Lesbian Chamber of Commerce and USAID, we will provide business development training & build new networks to help economically empower the LGBT community. And, working together, we can be assured that the future belongs to those who stand up for freedom & human dignity.” Justin Nelson, Co-founder & President of NGLCC added, “We know the best way to break down barriers is to use the common language of business to expand minds & create opportunities. Trade & commerce creates jobs everywhere & more must be done to ensure our trading partners don’t suffer from discrimination. We are grateful to the Obama Administration & USAID for working with us to ensure everyone can participate in our increasingly global economy.” Now all we have to do is pass ENDA…:)
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Anonymous Marilyn said...

Your coverage of LGBT updates both inform and encourage the majority of us who wouldn't have this info at our fingertips without your coverage and reporting. Thank you.

June 25, 2014 at 10:12 AM  

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