The State Department will spend nearly $50,000 in taxpayer funds to push for transgender inclusion policies in Indian corporations.
It is set to provide $49,813 to an Indian organization called the YR Gaitonde Medical, Educational and Research Foundation, which seeks to normalize transgenderism in workplaces.
The grant aims to “sensitize employees of corporate entities in Hyderabad and Chennai toward transgender persons in their workforce, adopt inclusive policies, and create a safe and nurturing environment.” Stated “objectives” include supporting “the achievement of U.S. foreign policy goals and objectives, advance national interests, and enhance national security by informing and influencing foreign publics.” The grant’s start date is listed as May 30, 2023, concluding May 31, 2024.
In addition, the State Department is slated to provide the Indian group with another $42,125 in “non-federal funding,” the origin of which is not listed.
The State Department previously advertised its offer to provide up to $50,000 in grant funds to a pro-transgender organization in India, noting that it was specifically seeking a program that would “lead to the setting up of Pride/Rainbow groups within corporations that actively create awareness about TG persons and their rights.”
The State Department said a “concrete objective” was to influence corporations in India “develop active transgender employee recruitment plans.”
“The longer-term intention is that these corporations and businesses increase their hiring of members of the transgender community and help their employees and the general public be more accepting,” the State Department noted.
A spokesperson for the State Department told The Daily Wire: “Indigenous persons, religious and ethnic minorities, women, LGBTQI+ persons, and persons with disabilities, among others, live with disproportionate violence that requires targeted support.”
The push for transgenderism appears to be particularly strong in India. U.S. Consulate General Kolkata assisted in opening the first transgender medical clinic in Eastern India in 2020 and celebrated the opening of another clinic in 2021.
The U.S. Consulate General Chennai has also held Pride events, including a virtual panel called “Recognizing Pride in American Literature.”
Meanwhile, a 2014 court ruling allowed those who identify as transgender to be legally recognized as a third gender. The court even stated that “it was the right of every human being to choose their gender.” It also decided that employment discrimination against people who identify as transgender is illegal.
Those who identify as transgender, many of whom are referred to as “hijras,” are able to legally undergo sex change operations.
The State Department has also promised to spend taxpayer dollars supporting transgender people in other foreign countries, including providing $2,315 to a program in Nepal “to conduct English language classes to professional transgender women makeup entrepreneurs.” The grant seeks to “increase mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries by means of educational and cultural exchange,” the US Spending site states.
The State Department also pledged $30,000 to a pro-transgender group in Kyrgyzstan to “prevent gender-based violence against the transgender community and increase acceptance through sensitivity and advocacy trainings, and media campaigns.”