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Obama Spends 350K to Study Transgenders in India

The federal government is spending $355,825 in taxpayer dollars to develop a “culturally relevant stigma-reducing intervention” program for the transgender population in India.

The National Institutes of Health issued a two-phase grant to the Ohio-based Baldwin-Wallace College to conduct the study. The first phase cost $173,221. The second phase cost $182,604.

The reason given for the study is “HIV prevalence is disproportionately high among Male-to-female transgenders (Hijra) in India.”

“Stigma among health care providers limits HIV testing, treatment and care and creates a barrier to HIV protective behavior,” the project summary says. “Stigmatization of transgender by healthcare providers has been documented, and is identified as a significant barrier to effective HIV prevention responses among this marginalized, at-risk population in India. However, evidence based interventions to reduce stigma and discrimination among health care providers are seriously lacking.”

The title of the study is “Project Shakti: Stigma Reduction, Health Care Provider Awareness and Knowledge.”

An NIH spokesperson was several questions, including, “Since this study focuses on India, what is the benefit to the U.S.? Why is it worthwhile to U.S. taxpayers?”

In a written response, the NIH said, “NIH research addresses the full spectrum of human health across all populations of Americans. Behavioral research will continue to be an important area of research supported by NIH.”

The NIH referred back to the project summary for any other comment.

The funding for the project ends in August.

Read more at CNS News

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  • Bill1966

    OK, how do I apply for a research grant? I wish to research the Democratic Parties thought processes. Should only cost taxpayers a few billion dollars, a drop in the bucket!

    • edc

      They try to stop this in India and encouraged it in America! Hypocritical, and they try to say conservative Christians are hypocrits for calling sin a sin.

  • Lets see, spend money to find out why some multilate their bodies? I’m with Bill1966, spend the money on how to cure stupid in the demo-rats party, oops, already cost us trillions and no cure, forget it, just vote them out, cheaper if they can’t vote the dead and illegals we stand a chance, a vote photo ID card like Mexico doesn’t sound to bad, have to prove you were born here? Oops there goes the kenyan president, yeah, good idea.

  • marineh2ominer

    Why the hell can’t the congress lock up all the funds for these hare brained money wasting scams .

  • Why does anyone want to know about India’s transgenders?

  • Rn

    Why do our politicians (Reid, Pelosi, Obama, …) continue to tell us that america has to cut spending in critical areas and yet we spend millions in other countries by STUPID agencies ….????

  • This must be a subject near and dear to Billary Rodham…
    Just think, in 4 years we can have a transgender president!

  • Joe Lettieri

    What an idiot our,no your president is.Everything he does is an insult to Americans and the American way. You dummies voted for this excuse. GAG!!!!!

    • garycrittenden

      I’m no obama fan..but shouldn’t our congress, you know that branch of the guvmint that allocates money, be very much to blame for this?? I’m sure they were following the wishes of the kenyan but congress needs cleaning out too….

  • Wolverine

    And they wonder why the U.S> is so far in debt. America has got to cut back on trying to save the world & being the worlds police force. Take care of our own first! then help other countries. Do you see anyone coming to our aid?

  • HongryHawg

    Politicians in charge of taxpayer money. My first instinct is to bust on the Democrats but the Republicans have wasted plenty of $ on programs every bit as asinine.

  • Save money send them by boat load to Kenya. They again have a very progressive way to deal with homosexuals. They execute them.

  • Ron

    maybe,just maybe there may be a hidden message in this information,without a valid birth certificate,anything is possible

  • But we can’t afford child tours of the White House.. Oh hell no… this is far more important. The only way we will stop this madness will be to take a few of these progressive idiots out, tie them to a tree and bullwhip some of the BS out of them.

  • Stop_Confusing_Me_With_Facts

    White House tours cancelled? Fleet week cancelled. Military benefits reduced? I’m glad we have our priorities straight. Silly me, what was I thinking? Its not the dear leader’s fault. Its not even the demoncrats’ fault. It’s OUR fault. They are in power because of US. Shame…

  • Rick

    Which branch of the government controls all spending?

  • People starving in America, businesses being
    overtaxed to death and putting people out of work, And this is how Obama
    wants to waste U.S. tax dollars.

  • fideux

    I’m glad to see that the ‘Anointed One’ is finally spending our tax dollars on worthwhile projects. $355K, how many Obamaphones could he have bought for his people with that money? What an a-hole!

  • horseridingplains

    and we are in sequester???? another spit in the eye to US citizens—we don’t need to study what is happening in India–we cannot fix our own problems—this is just another instance of reason for impeachment–he is undermining every moral concept there is and instigating malicious witch hunts against Christians- so far in Pentagon–just wait- he is just starting.

  • kds

    WHO CARES ABOUT THE QUE-RS IN INDIA. Another waste of our tax dollars

  • Jonathan

    Research this, #&@$$$&!!!!!

  • Robert Moulds

    First I see nothing wrong with being transgenered but given their is a sequester are they not the Indian government or UN concern instead of the United States.

  • Dottie Herald

    I don’t think most of you people read what the article said. The money goes to the Baldwin-Williams College in Ohio to study and research the effects of HIV across all populations of America and the HIV prevalence is high among male to female in India.
    This country is just part of the study. Behavioral research is an important part of the HIV research. and will help America..

  • Eve

    Sources? Other than YOU and the other sites who reference YOU …

  • Raymond

    Last Saturday afternoon, in Washington , D.C, an aide to Congresswoman Nancy Pelosi visited the Cardinal of the Catholic cathedral in D.C. He told the Cardinal that Nancy Pelosi would be attending the next day’s Mass, and he asked if the Cardinal would kindly point out Pelosi to the congregation and say a few words that would include calling Pelosi a saint.

    The Cardinal replied, “No. I don’t really like the woman, and there are issues of conflict with the Catholic Church over certain of Pelosi’s views.

    Pelosi’s aide then said, “Look, I’ll write a check here and now for a donation of $10,000 to your church if you’ll just tell the congregation you see Pelosi as a saint.”

    The Cardinal thought about it and said, “Well, the church can use the money, so I’ll work your request into tomorrow’s sermon.”

    As Pelosi’s aide promised, Pelosi appeared for the Sunday worship and seated herself prominently at the forward left side of the center aisle. As promised, at the start of his sermon, the Cardinal pointed out that Pelosi was present.

    The Cardinal went on to explain to the congregation, “While Congresswoman Pelosi’s presence is probably an honor to some, the woman is not numbered among my personal favorite personages. Some of her views are contrary to tenets of the Church, and she tends to flip-flop on many other issues.

    Nancy Pelosi is a petty, self-absorbed hypocrite, a thumb sucker and a nit-wit. Nancy Pelosi is also a serial liar, a cheat, and a thief. I must say, Nancy Pelosi is the worst example of a Catholic I have ever personally witnessed. She married for money and is using her wealth to lie to the American people. She also has a reputation for shirking her Representative obligations both In Washington and in California . The woman is simply not to be trusted.”

    The Cardinal concluded, “But, when compared with President Obama, Pelosi is a saint”