House Republicans draft Violence Against Women bill with no LGBT protections

From Gay Star News:

House Republican version of Violence Against Women Act is silent about LGBT citizens

By James Withers
23 February 2013

Yesterday (February 22), Republicans in the US House of Representative presented their version of the Violence Against Women Act. Gay and lesbian victims of domestic violence are not explicitly mentioned.

As reported by Talking Points Memo, the proposal stands in stark contrast to what the Senate passed on 12 February. That legislation comes with assurances that gays and lesbians, Native American women and immigrants will have equal access to the act’s anti-domestic violence programs.

The language in the House legislation says  ‘adult and youth victims of domestic violence, dating violence, sexual assault, and stalking.’ Domestic violence advocates contend the GOP legislation leaves out protection for LGBT victims.

‘The bill does not protect LGBT victims from discrimination by a service provider nor does it specifically include services to LGBT victims as an underserved population,’  David Stacy, deputy legislative director for Human Rights Campaign, said to Talking Points Memo. ‘The Senate bill provisions are urgently needed so that actual resources are available to address domestic violence and sexual assault among LGBT families.’

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See also:

LGBTQ Nation:  House GOP to strip protections for gays in its version of anti-violence act

Talking Points Memo:  House GOP Unveils Competing Violence Against Women Act

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