The World Bank wants to know what it can do to alleviate poverty among millions of LGBT people around the world.
To help answer that question, the bank invited the St. Paul’s Foundation for International Reconciliation to select an LGBT representative to attend the annual meetings of the bank and the International Monetary Fund on Oct. 5-12 in Washington, D.C., and then at the bank’s civil society gathering next April.
That offer was an outgrowth the foundation’s panel on the economic effects of homophobia, presented as part of the bank’s gathering for civil society organizations in April 2013. It also represents a commitment made by the bank, under the leadership of its new president, Jim Kim, to serve populations it has previously overlooked.
The LGBT representative at next month’s meeting — the first ever — will be Kemraj (Khem) Persaud, program coordinator of the Society Against Sexual Orientation Discrimination (SASOD) in Guyana.
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