GOP Leaves Out LGBTs From Violence Against Women Act

From Mother Jones

When House Republicans released their version of the Violence Against Women Act late on Friday, advocacy groups for victims of domestic violence were unanimous: They hate the Republicans’ plan.

There are over 20 House Republicans who have made public statements in support of a bipartisan VAWA that protects all victims. This is not that bill,” said Kim Gandy, president of the National Network to End Domestic Violence said…

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‘Specifically, the bill removes “sexual orientation” and “gender identity” from the list of underserved populations who face barriers to accessing victim services, thereby disqualifying LGBT victims from a related grant program. The bill also eliminates a requirement in the Senate bill that programs that receive funding under VAWA provide services regardless of a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity. Finally, the bill excludes the LGBT community from the STOP program, the largest VAWA grant program, which gives funds to care providers who work with law enforcement officials to address domestic violence.’

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