The Council has teamed with Washington think tanks and policy centers to study the impact of U.S. foreign policy on LGBT communities worldwide. Through these studies, the Council promotes a new LGBT-inclusive foreign policy agenda that considers how U.S. foreign policy impacts LGBT communities in other countries, while also making the case for increased funding from U.S. government sources to LGBT civil society internationally.
- In October 2009, the Council released a report examining workplace policies for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender employees of U.S. corporate facilities overseas. The report, Anchoring Equality: How U.S. Corporations Can Build Equal and Inclusive Global Workforces, was written in collaboration with three major LGBT organizations and it charts a clear path to show how multinational corporations can treat all of their employees fairly across the globe, without regard to sexual orientation or gender identity. The report notes that many U.S. corporations have created equal workplaces for their U.S. based employees, but few have applied those policies and practices to all of their employees internationally.
- The Council released a study in January 2010 called How Ideology Trumped Science: Why PEPFAR Has Failed to Meet Its Potential. It evaluates the ways in which U.S. foreign policy and international funding priorities, as implemented through the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR), are impacting LGBT communities worldwide. The study argues that the effectiveness of our country’s PEPFAR investment was undercut by the Bush administration's insistence on using ideology, rather than science and data, to drive decision-making. Scott Evertz, who served as Director of the Office of National AIDS Policy during the Bush Administration and was deeply involved in the initialization of the PEPFAR program, authored the study and also met several times with PEPFAR administrators in the State Department, including Ambassador Goosby, who heads the PEPFAR program. After the release, the Council was invited to contribute to the production of an “MSM Guidance Note” to help guide PEPFAR staff and implementers in their work with at-risk MSM (men who have sex with men) communities.