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New Issue Brief Examines the U.S. Government and Global LGBT Health

A new Kaiser Family Foundation brief explores the U.S. government’s efforts to address the health and human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) individuals around the world. LGBT individuals continue to face stigma, discrimination, and violence, both within and outside of the health sector, and in many countries — including those in which the U.S. provides global health assistance — these barriers include discriminatory laws and policies. Recent actions by several countries to further criminalize LGBT individuals have raised the stakes in the conversation and introduced a greater sense of urgency, yet many questions and challenges remain about the best way forward.

The U.S. Government and Global LGBT Health: Opportunities and Challenges in the Current Era summarizes two roundtable discussions convened by the Foundation, which identified opportunities, challenges, and potential next steps for the U.S. government to consider on LGBT health.  It also provides an overview of global LGBT health issues, and reviews U.S. government efforts to address global LGBT health to date.

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