Global Equality Fund

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The Global Equality Fund (GEF) is a program of the Secretary of State's Office of Global Partnerships, launched by U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in December 2011,[1][2] that supports programs advocating the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people around the world through public-private partnerships.

The GEF makes $3 million available to civil society organizations worldwide through small grants and requests for proposal.[3]

The government of Norway has pledged financial support for the GEF.[4]

The GEF has partnered with the mGive Foundation in order to solicit donations via mobile phones,[5] and has fundraised with other organizations such as the Human Rights Campaign and the Elton John AIDS Foundation.[6]

The announcement of the GEF won support from Freedom House[7] and the Human Rights Campaign.[2] LifeSiteNews, run by the Campaign Life Coalition, denounced GEF noting the cost to taxpayers and the potential for the fund to be used to finance concerts.[8]


  1. ^ Geiger, Kim (December 6, 2011). "Hillary Clinton calls on world not to discriminate against gays". Los Angeles Times. Retrieved 14 August 2012. 
  2. ^ a b Collinson, Stephen (December 7, 2011). "US unveils new international gay rights strategy". ABS-CBN. Retrieved 14 August 2012. 
  3. ^ "About the Fund". United States Department of State. Retrieved 16 July 2012. 
  4. ^ "JOINT U.S.-NORWAY PRESS STATEMENT: UNITED STATES - NORWAY GLOBAL ISSUES DIALOGUE." States News Service (via Highbeam). June 21, 2012. Retrieved 14 August 2012. 
  5. ^ Balderston:, Kris M. (August 14, 2012). "Partnering to Promote Equality for LGBT Communities". The Huffington Post. Retrieved 14 August 2012. 
  6. ^ Miller, Jeff (August 1, 2012). "Stars of Africa Ring Fetches $16K at Fundraising Event". Rapaport Diamond Report. Retrieved 14 August 2012. 
  7. ^ "FREEDOM HOUSE APPLAUDS SECRETARY CLINTON'S SPEECH COMMEMORATING HUMAN RIGHTS DAY". States News Service (via Highbeam). December 7, 2011. Retrieved 14 August 2012. 
  8. ^ Johnson, Ben (December 9, 2011). "Taxpayers to pay $3 million to promote worldwide homosexual advocacy, Lady Gaga concerts". LifeSiteNews. Campaign Life Coalition. Retrieved 14 August 2012. 

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