How the US Spent $4.1 Billion on Global LGBT Initiatives

During the past three fiscal years, $4.1 billion in federal money from taxpayers has flowed to LGBT initiatives in the United States and around the world, an Epoch Times investigation has revealed.

From Oct. 1, 2020, through Sept. 30, 2023, the U.S. government issued more than 1,100 grants to fund LGBT-promoting projects around the world, according to a review of a federal spending website.

The scope of projects varies widely.

Plans to create a “safe space for LGBTQ youth and adults to seek support and resources” earned a $1.8 million grant from the U.S. government in 2022 for the LGBT Life Center in Norfolk, Virginia.

A proposal for encouraging “diversity, equity, and inclusion in Serbia’s workplaces and business communities by promoting economic empowerment of and opportunity for LGBTQI+ people in Serbia” was also a winning plan. To fund it, the U.S. government awarded Serbian activist group Grupa Izadji a grant of $500,000.

An Armenian activist group, the Pink Human Rights Defender, received $1 million from the United States “to empower the LGBTI community” in Armenia, a tiny country next to Turkey.

The federal spending website can be filtered to show entries that include specific keywords. A list of payouts filtered by using the keyword “LGBT” included 1,181 grants, 31 loans, and nine direct payments during the past three fiscal years.

Overall, during the past fiscal year that ended on Sept. 30, the government issued 454,821 grants.

Government grants may be direct payments to groups that are unrestricted or for a specific use. Federal loans can be repaid over long periods of time at low interest rates.

Of grants connected to the keyword “LGBT,” individual payouts of at least $1 million totaled more than $3.7 billion combined. Many additional smaller grants also were awarded for LGBT initiatives.

Filtering the list for grants that included the word “transgender” returned 574 entries. In that category, grants that paid out at least $1 million totaled nearly $478 million.

An independent researcher who asked to remain anonymous has been tracking how the federal government spends money on grants related to gender ideology.

He started the work when he was laid off from his oil field job in the early part of the COVID-19 pandemic. After doing some digging, he was shocked to learn that, while he and his friends got little relief from the federal government, taxpayer dollars poured into LGBT activist causes, he said.

“I just couldn’t believe it,” he said.

He now works at a politically left-wing oil company and his superiors likely would object to how he now presents his findings on social media, he told The Epoch Times.

“I could write for 20 years about just the money that’s already been spent over the past three or four years,” he said. The oil worker-turned-investigator shares his findings on X under the handle

Rainbow Revolution

A Department of Education search revealed an ongoing grant paid to Emory University for researchers to study “the rectal mucosal effects of cross-sex hormone therapy among U.S. and Thai transgender women,” The Epoch Times confirmed.

The project started in 2019 with a projected end date of July 2024. According to the government website, researchers will receive almost $3.5 million from the U.S. government to do the work.

The project is categorized under “allergy and infectious diseases research,” with the stated purpose to “assist public and private nonprofit institutions and individuals to establish, expand, and improve biomedical research and research training in infectious diseases and related areas,” according to the federal spending website.

Some small grants focus on studies that examine equally tiny portions of the population.

One grant recipient examines the effects of alcohol on intimate partner violence in transgender and non-gender-conforming adults, The Epoch Times confirmed.

A 2023 project received nearly $350,000 from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) to translate the “Homosaurus”—a thesaurus of LGBT terms—into Spanish.

The Homosaurus website includes definitions for sexual terms such as: “anonymous sex,” “aromantic porn films,” “pederasts,” “children’s sexuality,” and “gay children.”

The Homosaurus has reclassified as “fetishes” the words “gerontophilia,” “ephebophilia,” and “hebephilia,” Greek words that mean sexual attraction to the elderly, people aged 15 to 19, and children aged 11 to 14, respectively.

The Epoch Times contacted the NEH about the grant but received no response.

LGBT cultural projects in America that received funding include more than $333,000 for an LGBT radio and television “digitization and access project.”
Another provided $324,000 to map “historical LGBTQ spaces through gay travel guides.”

One grant provides $1 million to Outright Action, an American activist group dedicated to global LGBT advocacy operating in many countries, including Nigeria, South Africa, Uganda, Ukraine, the Philippines, Iran, and China.

Another grant pays for a “social biography of same-sex desire in postcolonial Ireland.”
One provides funding to chronicle contributions to “gender identity development” among Belarusian teenage girls in vulnerable families.

LGBT Initiatives in Schools

Government-directed LGBT grants to American schools included $1.4 million to Boston College to study “mechanisms of health promotion in diverse youth through gay-straight alliances.” The grant funded the promotion of gay-straight alliance clubs in Massachusetts middle and high schools.

“The federal government is using the grant process to change the culture and climate in America’s public schools,” Moms for Liberty co-founder Tiffany Justice told The Epoch Times.

In her experience as a local school board member, Ms. Justice saw government-funded activist groups lead the ideological capture of schools, she said.

“The grants go to ‘community partners,’ and ‘community partners’ then go in, and they work to change the procedure in the schools” to favor and teach LGBT activist worldviews, she said.

The federal government pursues this policy of “cultural revolution” against the will of most Americans, Ms. Justice said.

A recent poll by the group found that more than 70 percent of Americans want schools to teach basic educational skills and don’t want gender ideology or sexual orientation instruction in classrooms, Ms. Justice said.

Yet money flows to these projects.


The U.S. Department of Education (DOE) gave $1.2 million to “LGBTQIA+ pride centers” in the San Diego Community College District.

Another DOE grant of almost $1.6 million was awarded for North Dakota’s “indigenous, LGBTQIA+, rural and underserved school-based mental health needs.”

The Epoch Times contacted the DOE but received no response.

A version of this article was first published online on Oct. 8, 2023. A version was published in The Epoch Times newspaper on Oct. 11, 2023.


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