With a new administration in place, CenterLink along with LGBTQ+ community centers across the country are working hard to ensure lawmakers address the issues that are significant to our country – including those affecting the LGBTQ+ community.
Within the first week of office, the new administration nominated Dr. Rachel Levine as Assistant Secretary for Health at the Department of Health and Human Services. Dr. Levine would be the first openly transgender person appointed to a federal position and approved by the U.S. Senate. President Biden signed an executive order directing federal agencies to declare anti-LGBTQ discrimination illegal, reversed the trans military ban, began a path to citizenship for thousands of LGBTQ+ DREAMers, and vowed to advance racial equity.
Yet there is much work to be done. You can find a list of our 2021 policy priorities here. We at CenterLink look forward to the day when comprehensive federal protections like the ones outlined in the Equality Act are signed into law, and we're working alongside a coalition of LGBTQ+ advocacy organizations and community centers to make it happen.
Support Nonprofits Like Your Local LGBTQ+ Community Center
CenterLink has joined a coalition of nonprofit organizations in sending a letter to federal leaders urging them to enact solutions in response to COVID-19 that are tailored to the needs of nonprofits like your local LGBTQ+ community centers.
Despite suffering huge financial losses due to the COVID-19 pandemic, LGBTQ+ community centers continue to provide life-saving services like emergency housing for homeless youth, nonperishable food distribution, virtual case management, HIV testing, unemployment counseling, and wellness checks for older adults prone to isolation. Now more than ever, they need federal assistance to ensure they can continue to support their communities.
You can help by tweeting the following Congressional lawmakers this message:
While the COVID crisis continues, nonprofits like LGBTQ+ centers continue to serve communities as they face financial uncertainty and increased need. Congress must pass #reliefforcharities so LGBTQ+ centers can continue to be there for those who rely on them.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi - @speakerpelosi
Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer - @SenSchumer
House Minority Leader Kevin McCarthy - @GOPLeader
Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell - @LeaderMcConnell
Trans Youth In Montana Need Your Help
Currently there are two bills in the Montana House of Representatives that endanger the rights of transgender students. One bill, H.B. 112, bans transgender students from participating in K-12 sports and the other, H.B. 113, would block them from receiving appropriate medical care.
Every student deserves the opportunity to thrive and reach their full potential, and this means that transgender students in Montana must be free to participate on athletic teams consistent with their gender identity and be able to make important, private health care decisions without interference.
Non-Montana citizens can volunteer to phone bank for this important cause. The National Equality Action Team (NEAT) is hosting phone banking trainings so people can get the word out about these harmful bills.
Sign up at https://www.theneat.org/mt.html.
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