Washington Blade Highlights OutSummit Activists Who Urge Trump not to cut Overseas LGBT aid

Article in the Washington Blade by Michael Lavers features activists comments from the OutSummit panel discussion, "Looking Forward: A Manifesto for the Trump Years."

LONG ISLAND CITY, N.Y. — Activists who gathered in New York City earlier this month said they remain concerned that the U.S. will no longer fund LGBT and intersex advocacy efforts abroad once President-elect Trump takes office.

Ricky “Ricki” Nathanson of the Sexual Rights Center’s Trans Research, Education, Advocacy and Training (TREAT) program in Zimbabwe was among the activists who discussed Trump’s election during a panel at OutRight Action International’s annual summit that took place at CUNY School of Law in the Long Island City neighborhood of Queens on Dec. 10.

She said her organization relies “heavily on funding” from Zimbabwe’s Ministry of Health and Child Care and the National AIDS Council of Zimbabwe and other non-governmental organizations that funds the distribution of condoms and lube and other HIV/AIDS prevention efforts. The Zimbabwean government and the groups that support the Sexual Rights Center receive funds from the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief; the U.S. Agency for International Development and the Global Fund to Fight AIDS, Tuberculosis and Malaria.

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