The National Institutes of Health is using hundreds of thousands of taxpayer dollars on grants to study the best ways to get gay people to quit smoking and abusing drugs and alcohol.
The University of Illinois at Chicago has spent over $435,000 since 2010 to carry out a “culturally targeted and individually tailored smoking cessation study” for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) smokers, according to the grant information published by the NIH.
Additionally, NIH gave the University of Pittsburgh $43,120 to study tobacco and alcohol use trajectories in “sexual-minority emerging adults” and has awarded over $178,000 to Columbia University to research substance abuse disparities in sexual minority youths.
Taxpayer watchdogs say the agency’s focused grants contradict liberal talking points on equality by using federal money to push a special interest agenda rather than spending it to research general health concerns.
“The assumption that LGBTs are somehow biologically or psychologically different contradicts everything the left tells us, and it makes absolutely no sense to create programs around these interest groups,” said Rick Manning, president of Americans for Limited Government. “This has the appearance of special interest pandering rather than real public health concerns.”