LGBT Community Survey: CenterLink invites you to take a new survey about your opinions and preferences, from an LGBTQ perspective. There's power in our Pride! Participating in this study helps open doors-and minds-around the world, and influences positive changes for our community. Previous surveys have yielded 45,000 respondents from 150 countries! You may have seen Community Marketing & Insights quoted in the New York Times, USA Today, Wall Street Journal, etc. Click here to start the survey:
It should take 10-12 minutes to complete. Everyone who completes the survey by April 30th, 2018 may enter into an optional drawing to win one of twenty US $50 cash prizes, or if you win, you can designate a charity to receive the $50. Please forward this message to LGBTQ friends around the world who may be interested in participating. And please post it to your Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn, Snapchat, Instagram, etc. accounts! Thanks very much for your participation.
SNAP: This week, the House Agriculture Committee released their proposal for the 2018 Farm Bill, and it includes potentially damaging proposals for the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP). This partisan version of the Farm Bill would increase hunger and hardship by taking away—or cutting—food assistance from many struggling Americans, including parents raising kids, people with disabilities, older workers, low-wage workers, and people temporarily in between jobs. The Williams Institute found that more than 1 in 4 LGBT adults (27%) – approximately 2.2 million people – experienced a time in the last year when they did not have enough money for the food that they or their families needed, compared to 17% of non-LGBT adults. More than 1 in 4 LGB adults aged 18-44 (27%) participated in SNAP, compared to 20% of non-LGB adults in the same age range. Our job is to generate strong and swift opposition to this partisan, harmful version of the Farm Bill so that we can weaken its support in the House and make sure the Senate keeps working on a bipartisan Farm Bill that protects SNAP. Please contact your members of Congress to urge them to oppose this bill.
Medicare Card Revisions: Gender markers on official documents are a considerable barrier for many of the nearly 2 million transgender Americans, many of whom face financial or other barriers to acquiring accurate identification. In a survey of nearly 28,000 transgender adults in the United States, nearly one-third of respondents who showed an ID with a name or gender that did not match their gender presentation were verbally harassed, denied benefits or service, asked to leave, or even assaulted. Between now and April 2019, Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services will send new cards to the 44 million Americans who receive Medicare. In addition to removing the recipients’ Social Security number to ensure privacy, the new cards will also remove any identifier of the recipients’ gender.This is an important step forward for transgender older people and for all older Americans—there is simply no reason to force someone to advertise their gender identity on the card they use to get health care as they age. CAN is proud to recognize our national partner, the National Center for Transgender Equality, for their decade-long work on this issue. Check out their guide: Supporting the Transgender People in Your Life: A Guide to Being a Good Ally.
Immigration: Despite no permanent solution for the more than 800,000 people participating in Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), immigration officials will continue to process renewals because of court injunctions. House Republicans who favor a bipartisan replacement for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program are increasingly at odds with their leadership, as the party digs in for a difficult midterm election. Rep. Jeff Denham (R-Calif.) has rounded up 45 votes — and is expecting more in the coming week — on a resolution that would put four separate immigration bills up for a House vote. In the meantime, Dreamers like Marco Villada Garibay - who left the country on the U.S. government’s promise of a possible green card - might not be allowed to return to the only place they've ever called home. You can learn more about Dreamers and how to support them here. This page was developed by United We Dream and/or partners across the country. Use the toolkits and guides to drive local impact in your community to ensure protections and inclusivity for immigrant communities.