Fact Sheet: USAID Support for LGBTQI+ People

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As stated by President Biden in his February 2021 Memorandum, “All human beings should be treated with respect and dignity and should be able to live without fear no matter who they are or whom they love.” USAID is committed to advancing the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex (LGBTQI+) people around the world and meaningfully including them in development programming.

On his first day in office, President Biden issued an Executive Order on Preventing and Combatting Discrimination on the Basis of Gender Identity or Sexual Orientation in all federal agencies. In this spirit, President Biden proclaimed that, “it shall be the policy of the United States to pursue an end to violence and discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or sex characteristics, and to lead by the power of our example in the cause of advancing the human rights of LGBTQI+ persons around the world.”

USAID proudly joins this government-wide effort with its own commitment to advance the human rights of LGBTQI+ people around the world, including members of its own workforce, and supports efforts to protect them from violence, stigma, discrimination, and criminalization. In 2014, USAID released the LGBT Vision for Action, which reflects USAID’s commitment to protect the human rights of LGBTQI+ people in all programming and guided USAID work in previous administrations. Additionally, in 2018 USAID developed Suggested Approaches for Integrating Inclusive Development Across the Program Cycle and in Mission Operations to identify ways to include people who are underrepresented, marginalized, and/or in vulnerable situations—including LGBTQI+ people—in USAID’s work.

Monday, June 21, 2021 - 1:00pm

Last updated: June 21, 2021