The World Bank has appointed its first advisor to combat LGBT+ discrimination. Clifton Cortez comes to the position with two decades of development experience. Most recently he managed partnerships for the United Nations program on HIV/AIDS, UNAIDS.
Cortez will work in all 136 countries where the bank has offices to promote LGBT+ inclusion. The bank is a UN financial organization that provides loans to developing countries.
The World Bank’s research has increasingly documented the economic impact of LGBT+ discrimination. While announcing the appointment, the bank’s president Jim Yong Kim noted that, “[LGBT+ discrimination] stands in the way of sustained, balanced, and inclusive economic growth.”