Canada has become the latest nation to join a United States initiative seeking to promote and encourage LGBTI rights across the globe.
The announcement of Canada joining the Global Equality Fund was made by the U.S State Department and the Canadian government in a press release on the 17th of May 2018.
The press release stated that both Canada and the United States of America, “recognize that protecting and respecting human rights is the responsibility of all governments and that the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) persons are not different or separate from the human rights of anyone else.”
Also noting Canada’s contribution to the fund by specifically providing “emergency assistance to LGBTI persons under threat of violence,” the press release added: “Through the Global Equality Fund, like-minded governments, foundations, and corporations provide support to civil society organizations working to promote the inclusion of and respect for all persons, regardless of sexual orientation, gender identity or expression or sex characteristics.”
Since its launch in 2011, the fund, which is a public-private partnership, have given tens of millions of dollars to LGBTI advocacy groups, and is supported by nations including: Argentina, Australia, Chile, Croatia, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Iceland, Italy, Montenegro, the Netherlands, Norway, Sweden and Uruguay.
Private supporters of the fund include the Arcus Foundation, the Human Rights Campaign and the Royal Bank of Canada, to name a few.
The United States continues to promote LGBTI rights abroad, despite the fact that the Trump administration’s record on these issues domestically and its overall foreign policy has come under intense criticism, in recent times.