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Support For National, Global LGBT Rights Should Be Part Of Obama Administration Legacy

The Hill: To consolidate an Obama legacy, entrench support for global LGBT rights Raymond Smith, senior fellow at the Progressive Policy Institute “With attention increasingly turning to the legacy of the Obama administration, one area of civil rights seems sure to be viewed as a breakthrough success: the recognition and…

Promoting Human Rights Can Advance Global Development

USAID’s “IMPACTblog”: A ‘Daily’ Struggle for Human Rights Nicole Widdersheim, human rights adviser for USAID’s Center for Democracy, Human Rights and Governance, discusses U.S. efforts to expand human rights, as well as its link to economic development (12/10).

Human Rights Component Vital To HIV Prevention, Care

Devex: Inextricable links: HIV and human rights Kevin Osborne, FHI 360’s project director for LINKAGES “…As we recognize International Human Rights Day on Dec. 10, we cannot lose sight of the inextricable link between HIV and human rights, which should be the cornerstone of our response to and understanding of…

U.S. Expresses Concern Over Gambian Law Restricting LGBT Rights

Media sources report on the U.S. Department of State’s press statement expressing concern over a Gambian law restricting LGBT rights. Associated Press: U.S. condemns Gambia’s anti-gay law “The U.S. State Department on Monday condemned the decision by Gambia’s president to approve a law imposing life imprisonment for some homosexual acts…”…

Another Ugandan Bill Seeks To Criminalize Homosexuality

Center for Global Health Policy’s “Science Speaks”: Uganda Parliament committee tries again with bill that would criminalize HIV prevention services Antigone Barton, writer and editor of “Science Speaks” and senior communications officer at the Center for Global Health Policy, discusses the “latest draft of a bill targeting ‘unnatural sexual practices’…

PEPFAR, Elton John Foundation Announce New Public-Private Partnership

News outlets report on an announcement by U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry and singer and activist Elton John on a new HIV/AIDS partnership between PEPFAR and the Elton John Foundation. Metro Weekly: Elton John and PEPFAR team up to fight HIV/AIDS “Secretary Kerry announced that the President’s Emergency Plan…

Obama Should Appoint Special Envoy For LGBT Rights

The Hill: Special envoy for gay rights needed Shawn Gaylord, advocacy counsel for LGBT rights at Human Rights First “…[In his first term,] Obama signaled that he intended to champion the concerns of LGBT people not just in the United States but also overseas. … But now in his second…