The Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation's largest LGBT rights advocate, on Sunday announced a program to support gay rights abroad and expose American groups fomenting anti-LGBT sentiment overseas.

The program's initial funding is coming from Paul Singer and Daniel Loeb, two hedge-fund billionaires who have donated lavishly to conservative politicians and causes. Each has committed $1.5 million.

“Every day around the world, LGBT individuals face arrest, imprisonment, torture and even execution just for being who they are,” Singer said. “Some of the worst offenders in this area also happen to be the same regimes that have dedicated themselves to harming the United States and its democratic allies across the globe. As an organization that has been at the forefront of the equality movement for over three decades, the Human Rights Campaign is uniquely positioned to work in tandem with NGOs to empower LGBT and human rights advocates abroad and help stop these abuses.”

Loeb added: “The challenges the LGBT community faces are acute in many countries, where discrimination takes violent and sometimes deadly forms. … I am confident this new program will have an enormous impact in helping to end persecution and enforcing civil rights for LGBT people across the world.”

Both told The New York Times that they believe gay rights are consistent with conservative values.

According to HRC, the international initiative aims to “educate Americans on the human rights of LGBT people around the world; provide fellowships at HRC for foreign LGBT advocates; expose the work of prominent anti-gay American organizations that have pushed anti-gay laws and legislation overseas; and leverage its relationships with American policymakers, faith communities, corporations and other change agents to help protect the human rights of LGBT people abroad.”