LGBT health issues receive paltry funding

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ATLANTA — A new report shows that foundation funding for LGBT health totals less than 0.5 percent of all health funding, and funding for HIV/AIDS is drastically out of proportion, Georgia Voice reports.

The report was issued by Funders for LGBTQ Issues to coincide with an LGBT Health Funding Summit and shows that of the nearly $3 billion that foundations invested in health issues annually, less than 0.5 percent is given to LGBT communities. The report covers the years 2011 to 2013.

Also, only 21 percent of U.S. funding for HIV/AIDS targeted LGBT communities despite the fact that gay and bisexual men and other men who have sex with men account for 64 percent of new HIV infections, the Voice article said.

“Even as we make tremendous advances in legal equality for LGBTQ people in the U.S., we continue to face stark health disparities,” Ben Francisco Maulbeck, president of Funders for LGBTQ Issue, said in a press release.

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