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World Bank may join fight against anti-LGBT bias

in UNITED STATES, 09/03/2014

The World Bank is studying whether to lend its massive clout to efforts to end discrimination against lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people in developing countries.

LGBT activists met Thursday with World Bank staff in Washington to seek their support in guaranteeing equal access for LGBT people to health services and jobs in 76 countries where homosexuality is illegal.

The staffers said the World Bank has begun considering ways that its programs inadvertently may be harming sexual minorities and is studying possible changes.

The 15 or so advocates who accepted the invitation to the World Bank meeting are among 26 in Washington as part of the Spirit of 76 Worldwide program of the St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation, which sponsored their travel to the International AIDS Conference so they could describe their first-hand experiences of how anti-homosexuality laws in 76 countries lead to discrimination and a denial of AIDS services to LGBT people.

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