Feds Spend $140,625 to Reduce ‘Intersectional Stigma’ of Transwomen in Nepal

Is it the role of the United States government to spend our tax dollars to explain gender orientation to the people of Nepal?  Can anyone point to Nepal on a map?  Should we be telling people how to treat others?  We do not tell Putin how he can treat Russians.  Castro was told to get out—but our government, since the Bay of Pigs, did nothing.  Now we are spending our money to explain to the Nepal people about sexual orientation—what a waste of money.

“The project will deploy a “stigma research initiative” in the South Asian country as a means to “explore anti-trans stigma” against transwomen, or biological men who identify as women.

Researchers at Public Health Foundation Enterprises, a nonprofit based in California, said their taxpayer-funded project is necessary because no one has ever investigated trans stigma in Nepal before, and it is “past time” to do so.

Anybody surprised it is a California nonprofit.  If we look deep enough we will find those involved in this group are donors to Democrats or have worked on Democrat office holder staffs.  This looks like a payoff—not a serious expenditure.

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Feds Spend $140,625 to Reduce ‘Intersectional Stigma’ of Transwomen in Nepal

Grant: No one has ever investigate trans stigma in Nepal—it is ‘past time’ to do so

BY: Elizabeth Harrington, Washington Free Beacon,  8/9/18
The National Institutes of Health is spending over $100,000 to combat “intersectional stigma” of transwomen in Nepal.

The project will deploy a “stigma research initiative” in the South Asian country as a means to “explore anti-trans stigma” against transwomen, or biological men who identify as women.

Researchers at Public Health Foundation Enterprises, a nonprofit based in California, said their taxpayer-funded project is necessary because no one has ever investigated trans stigma in Nepal before, and it is “past time” to do so.

“There is no HIV prevention intervention for transwomen (TW) with evidence of efficacy outside the US. The largest burden of HIV among TW rests on those outside the US where intersectional stigma is a driver of HIV,” the grant states. “No research in South Asia has examined the impact of intersectional stigma on HIV risk and care among TW.”

“TW’s unique vulnerabilities related to stigma are different from those of [men who have sex with men] MSM and other key populations, and it is past time that their specific risks and intervention needs are explored,” according to the grant.

The project began in July and has received $140,625 from taxpayers so far. Research is set to continue through April 2020. The project is entitled, “Reducing Intersectional Stigma Through Increased Social Participation Among Transwomen in Nepal.”

Researchers on the project will also work with the Blue Diamond Society in Nepal, the first LGBT group in the country whose mission is to fight for “social justice” of sexual and gender minorities.

“This proposal will embed a stigma research initiative within the [Blue Diamond Society] through capacity building efforts and engagement of a multi-sector group of stakeholders interested in addressing stigma and HIV,” the grant states.

“Capacity building efforts will increase local research capabilities to conduct research on stigma and HIV and create an ongoing initiative to address the effects of stigma towards sexual and gender minorities in the region,” according to the grant.

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