Olivia, the Travel Company for Lesbians, Takes a Historic Role as a Founding Partner of the USAIDs LGBT Global Development Partnership

Washington, DC (PRWEB) April 05, 2013

Olivia, the travel company for lesbians, is once again stepping into a pro-active role with regard to LGBT rights. As a founding partner of USAIDs LGBT Global Development Partnership, it is pleased to continue its commitment to providing not only exclusive, all-women vacations for the lesbian community, but also a voice for those, who globally, may not have the means to advocate for their rights.

The LGBT Global Development Partnership is a direct response to President Obamas initiative that the U.S. government further global LGBT human rights. This partnership, totaling $ 11 million, is the largest global initiative in existence to enhance LGBT equality. It will work to strengthen international LGBT human rights advocacy organizations, to increase participation by LGBT individuals in democratic political processes and to undertake research on the economic impact of discrimination against LGBT persons. Olivia is proud to come together with the United States Agency for International Development, Astraea Lesbian Foundation for Justice, the Victory Institute, the Williams Institute and the Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency in this important initiative.

The LGBT Global Development Partnership has the potential to be a real game-changer in the advancement of the human rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender persons in developing countries, said Claire Lucas, Senior Advisor for Public-Private Partnerships in the Office of Innovation and Development Alliances at USAID. We look forward to working together with our partners to achieve significant advances in LGBT equality.

Judy Dlugacz, Olivias Founder and President remarked, We are thrilled to be a part of this historic partnership with the US Government and the four other founding partners, and to once again reinforce our 40-year commitment to the LGBT movement. Olivia always strives to give back to the community, whether through our Olivia Gives International program, or donations to causes that support LGBT equality. We thank USAID for creating this groundbreaking initiative that will impact LGBT people throughout the world.

The celebration event for the historic United States Agency for International Development (USAID) LGBT Global Development Partnership will take place on April 8, 2013 in Washington D.C. There will be two briefings, followed by a reception.

Press is invited to the following briefings and reception. Please note that an RSVP is required:

USAID Efforts on LGBT Issues – The Year Ahead

Briefing Time: 3:30 – 4:30 p.m. on April 8, 2013

Location: Point Four Conference Room, USAID, Ronald Reagan Building

The LGBT Global Development Partnership – Making History

Briefing Time: 4:30 – 5:30 p.m. on April 8, 2013

Location: the Point Four Conference Room, USAID, Ronald Reagan Building.

Courage and Progress – Reception

Reception Time: 6:00 – 7:30 p.m. on April 8, 2013

Location: Pavilion Room, Ronald Reagan Building

To RSVP: Please click here.

About Olivia

San Francisco-based Olivia is the worlds premier provider of lesbian cruise, resort and adventure vacations. Under the direction of Founder and President Judy Dlugacz, the company launched as a womens record label in 1973 and expanded into travel in 1990. Since then, Olivia has taken over 200,000 women on over 190 cruise, resort, and adventure trips. Olivia contributes millions of dollars to LGBT organizations, including the National Center for Lesbian Rights, Human Rights Campaign, The National Gay & Lesbian Task Force, The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation, Victory Fund, Mautner Project and other community and advocacy organizations worldwide. For more information about Olivia Travel, visit http://www.olivia.com or call (800) 631-6277.

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