US foreign aid for gay rights fight
Published 07/12/2011 | 05:00
The Obama administration is announcing a wide-ranging effort to use US foreign aid to promote rights for gays and lesbians abroad.
The package includes tackling foreign governments that criminalise homosexuality.
In a memorandum issued yesterday, President Barack Obama directed US agencies working abroad, including the US Agency for International Development, to use foreign aid to help gays and lesbians who face human rights violations.
Gay rights groups praised the order as a significant step for ensuring that gays and lesbians are treated equally around the world.