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US Funds Global LGBT Forum

By Charlotte Robinson, June 25, 2014

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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Marilyn said...

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