New U.S. Fund to Push Transgender Policies Internationally

By | January 6, 2022

NEW YORK, January 7 (C-Fam) The Biden administration launched a new $2.5 million international fund to promote acceptance of homosexuality and transgenderism and label opponents of the LGBT agenda as “anti-democratic.”

The U.S. State Department announced a new fund to promote LGBT advocacy internationally by linking LGBTQI+ issues with democracy. The fund objectives include increasing the participation of individuals who identify as LGBTQI+ in politics and public life, creating political narratives that promote LGBTQI+ issues, and engaging supportive political, business, and religious leaders.

According to the description of the programs under the new fund, programs funded by the new initiative must work to label opposition to the LGBTQI+ agenda as “anti-democratic” and characterize their opponents’ messaging as “disinformation.”

The fund, called Global LGBTQI+ Inclusive Democracy and Empowerment Fund, or GLIDE Fund, was announced last month and is administered by the State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor.

Robert A. Destro, the head of the Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor during the Trump administration told the Friday Fax that “DRL proudly funds the social and political activism of LGBTQI+ organizations worldwide.  What outcomes the United States and its Global Equality Fund partners actually achieve with these funds is a question worth asking.”

Programs funded by the GLIDE initiative must fulfill three requirements.

First, the organizations that receive grants must be “emergent, small, and/or medium-sized LGBTQI+ organizations.” Second, the programs funded by the GLIDE initiative must be tailored to “queer women, transgender and intersex persons, and other persons from marginalized LGBTQI+ communities”, including youth. Finally, the programs must also establish “communication strategies” for advancing the LGBT agenda that “address and counter anti-democratic trends and disinformation in democratic processes.”

Under these terms, opponents of homosexual marriage and giving transgender rights to children should be labeled as anti-democratic and their opposition to the LGBTQI+ agenda must be fought against as “disinformation.”

The GLIDE fund is part of the Global Equality Fund according to the information on the State Department website. The fund is administered by the U.S. State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor alongside over $20 million annually for global LGBTQI+ advocacy through multiple funds.

The Global Equality Fund and GLIDE are components of a well-funded, international, public-private partnership, including the United States, the European Union, and Nordic countries, private foundations, and the business sector, that has long sought to include broad language on laws and policies in UN resolutions to promote acceptance of diverse “sexual orientation and gender identity.” It succeeded last month in a resolution on programs that promote democracy internationally through free and fair elections.

The GLIDE fund is part of the effort of UN agencies and international donors to give teeth to that resolution, adopted by the General Assembly of the United Nations last December. It was the first time that the General Assembly included language on “sexual orientation and gender identity” in a resolution adopted unanimously.

The State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor was directly involved in the UN negotiations of the resolution, which commits countries to “eliminate laws, regulations, and practices that discriminate, directly or indirectly” against individuals who identify as LGBTQI+ or that may have an effect on their participation in elections.