U.S. Christian groups spend millions in Africa to stop LGBT progress, and LGBT employees in Japan stay in the closet.

The results of a new investigation by openDemocracy published at the end of October show over 20 Christian groups based in the U.S. have spent more than $50 million in Africa since 2007.

These Christain groups have a reputation for working against LGBT rights, reproductive rights, sexual education and contraception, according to openDemocracy.

Between 2007 and 2018, the biggest spender against LGBT rights on the continent has been the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association, with a total of $7,554,764.

Other groups working against LGBT rights include Human Life International and Focus on the Family. They’ve spent $4,133,502 and $1,936,130, respectively, in Africa between 2007 and 2018, according to openDemocracy.

“These groups explicitly state their opposition to LGBT rights [including same-sex marriage, prohibitions on employment discrimination based on gender identity or sexual orientation, and prohibitions on so-called ‘conversion therapy’ or ‘reparative therapy’ that seeks to ‘correct’ queer people],” according to the openDemocracy website.


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Less than 1 in 5 of the Japanese LGBT people are out at work, according to a recent study. The study conducted by Au Jibun Bank in Japan took a look at the working environment for the LGBT community, and revealed that less than 1 in 5 of the Japanese LGBT people surveyed were out.

The study gathered data from 1,000 people: 500 LGBT and 500 non-LGBT, according to a press release.

Of the 500 members of Japan’s LGBT community surveyed, just 17.6% were out.

The survey also analyzed the support systems available in corporate Japan.

Of the 1,000 surveyed, 22.7% said that the company they work for has a cooperative system or initiative for LGBT people, and about half — 48.3% — said they did not, according to the release.

Common support systems named by those surveyed include congratulatory money and bereavement leave for same-sex partners, training to learn about the LGBT community, participation or sponsorship of LGBT events and clear discrimination prohibition, according to the release.