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Thursday February 22nd, 2018 

From a trans "bathroom bill" in Anchorage to "parody marriage" legislation in South Carolina, a number of new bills are causing LGBTQ advocates concern. It seems our community is under attack on a daily basis. For me, reading the daily headlines often causes anger, anxiety, frustration, and sadness. I'm sure many of you can relate. So how do we use those feelings to create positive change? By taking action. This is not the time to hit delete when you see an email asking you to sign a petition, write a letter, make a phone call, or share a social media post. Center Action Network makes it easy for you to be heard on issues that matter to the LGBTQ community. Our newsletters and website give short briefings on important policy topics and provide information on how you can take action very quickly. Join me and thousands of others in magnifying and unifying the voice of LGBTQ community centers. Your participation DOES matter and together we CAN make a difference. 

--Tanya Witt 

Center Action Newsletter: Thursday February 22nd, 2018


Religious Refusals: The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) recently created a new division called the Conscience and Religious Freedom Division that will allow health care providers to refuse care based on their moral and religious beliefs. This will severely impact members of the LGBTQ community, women, and many others. We must let HHS know that we are strongly opposed to any actions that will encourage a license to discriminate. The HHS is accepting public comments about this new division until March 27th. We have created an online toolkit to provide you with comment templates, recent stories of discrimination, talking points, social media posts, and more. You can even submit your comment through our toolkit, making it quick and simple. This may be one of the most important issues we battle for years to come, so be sure to submit your comments before the deadline. 

Gun Control: 17 people were killed by a gunman last Wednesday at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. As these incidents occur one after another, we are all looking for answers on how to end mass shootings. It’s nothing new to the LGBTQ community. Between 2012 and 2015, of the LGBTQ people who lost their lives due to anti-LGBTQ violence, more than half were shot to death. We need your help to stand up to the gun lobby movement. Your voice matters. Click here to see three things you can do right now to encourage your leaders to put an end to gun violence. 

What’s Next For The Dream Act: The Senate failed to pass a legislative replacement to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, leaving Congress with few legislative options and only four legislative days before President Trump's March 5 deadline. Because of two court injunctions in California and New York, existing beneficiaries are allowed to apply to renew their two-year DACA permit, however it’s imperative the Senate find a path to 60 votes. The window to file DACA renewals may close. While the administration has not yet asked the courts to stop the court order allowing youth to renew their DACA, it could do so in the future. There are nearly 40,000 LGBTQ Dreamers. If these recipients lose their protected status, they will face deportation to countries they may not have set foot in since childhood and where their lives could be in danger. In much of the world, deportation is a death sentence for LGBTQ people. To learn more about DACA recipients and how you can help, visit the National Immigration Law Center’s website

LGBT Foster Care and Adoption: Family Equality Council and the Center for American progress need your story to end anti-LGBTQ discrimination in foster care and adoption! Family Equality Council’s Every Child Deserves a Family Campaign and the Center for American Progress’s Welcoming All Families Project are excited to join together in a storytelling partnership to improve the lives of foster children. Are you: 

  • a parent? 
  • a foster youth or former foster youth? 
  • a child of LGBTQ parents? 
  • a child welfare professional or advocate? 
  • an ally who wants to end discrimination in foster care and adoption? 

Click here to share your story then spread the word by sharing twitter and facebook posts about this effort. 

Conversion Therapy: Conversion therapy, also referred to as Reparative Therapy is a widely discredited practice that attempts to change an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity. Practices to “cure” individuals of their same-sex sexual orientations and transgender identities include a number of techniques ranging from shaming to hypnosis to inducing vomiting to electric shocks. Conversion therapy can be extremely dangerous and, in some cases, fatal. Movement for Advancement Project’s “LGBT Policy Spotlight: Conversion Therapy Bans” brief offers an overview of laws protecting LGBTQ youth from conversion therapy practices that have been widely discredited and renounced by groups like the American Psychological Association. The brief also includes policy recommendations to ban harmful conversion therapy practices. Track conversion therapy laws by state here. If you would like to help enact protection laws in your state, contact #BornPerfect Campaign Coordinator & Youth Policy Counsel Carolyn Reyes at

Rubber Stamp Reps: They’ve voted to repeal Obamacare and take away healthcare from 23 million Americans, cut taxes at the expense of the middle class, and support making it easier for anyone to carry loaded, hidden guns in public regardless of state law. These representatives have been voting in step with the administration an average of 94% of the time. In addition to supporting harmful policies that a majority in their districts voted against, they haven’t even been showing up to listen to what constituents want—many have offered very limited opportunities or none at all to hear directly from constituents in town hall meetings. They need to know this is not acceptable. While these representatives are on recess and back in their districts, we will raise our voices. You don't even have to do an in-person visit! Click here to see how you can engage.


Thursday February 8th, 2018 

Black History Month: During Black History Month, CenterLink and Center Action Network are proud to honor and recognize the many amazing center leaders making a difference in their communities. Our first honorees are Andre C. Wade, Executive Director of the Gay and Lesbian Community Center of Southern Nevada, and Curtis Lipscomb, Executive Director of LGBT Detroit. Read Andre's story here and read Curtis's story here.

Immigration: The path to citizenship for Dreamers- the young people who came to the United States as children and are now living, working, and studying in the country as well as serving in the U.S. armed forces - is still not clear.  There are nearly 8000,00 Dreamers in the United States, including 75,000 LGBTQ Dreamers and close to 40,000 LGBTQ DACA recipients.  Over the next four weeks, an average of 122 DACA recipients will lose protection every day. Beginning in March that figure could increase ten-fold.  Here are five things the Administration could do right now to protect Dreamers and show good faith.  What can YOU do?  Volunteering from home is an option, thanks to the National Equality Action Team (NEAT)!  Volunteers who sign up to phone from home will be calling likely supporters of this issue in key Congressional districts around the country and transferring those supporters to leave messages with their Representative in support of this issue.

HHS License To Discriminate:  The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) has proposed a regulation that would promote discrimination by health care providers. The proposal allows sweeping, dangerous exemptions to patient protections that would encourage health care providers to deny health care to anyone who doesn't share their moral or religious beliefs.  We need you to tell HHS just how bad this new regulation would be.  HHS is now accepting public comments on this proposed rule.  CAN is working with the National Center for Transgender Equality to make this process simple for our members.  We strongly encourage you to use your own words and share personal stories of how discrimination or the fear of discrimination in health care or related services has affected you or someone you love, or why you oppose this rule as a person of faith.  Please note that all comments will be submitted to HHS, be posted openly online, and may be used by CAN or NCTE in our advocacy for equality. You may choose to comment anonymously or with a pseudonym.  Submit your comments here.

Anti-LGBT Judicial Nominations Continue: The most dangerous threat to civil rights is the least discussed:  filling federal courts with judges who have demonstrated hostility toward the LGBT community among other marginalized populations.  Nominee Kyle Duncan could be confirmed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit as soon as the end of this week.  Duncan has built his career on undermining fairness and equality. His record includes: defending Louisiana against a challenge to the state’s ban on same-sex marriage, defending the state of Alabama against a challenge from a lesbian mother whose parental rights were stripped away by the state, and representing the state of Louisiana when it refused to issue a birth certificate to a same-sex couple after they adopted a child.  Duncan also has an anti-transgender record. He chose to represent North Carolina legislators Phil Berger and Tim Moore (the architects of the House Bill 2 which restricted transgender people’s ability to access public restrooms) in a lawsuit against the Department of Justice.  Use this form to tell your Senator to vote NO on his confirmation.

Transgender Military Ban:  Last week, the Republican National Committee passed a resolution supporting President Donald Trump’s proposed ban on open service by transgender people in the U.S. military. The resolution calls being transgender a “disqualifying psychological and physical condition," although thousands of transgender troops currently serve in all branches of the armed forces.  The President’s claim that open service by transgender troops would entail “tremendous medical costs and disruption” directly contradicts the results of a study commissioned by the Department of Defense, and the Administration’s claim that being transgender is a “disqualifying condition” runs counter to statements by the American Medical Association, American Psychological Association, and American Psychiatric Association. Check out Maurice's story. Maurice is a CAN member and a transgender soldier currently serving in the military.


Thursday January 25th, 2018 

Dreamers Need You: When the Administration rescinded DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) in September of 2017, roughly 800,000 young people – including nearly 40,000 LGBTQ youth – became subject to deportation. By the end of January, 18,000 young people will have lost their status. This number will escalate into thousands per day starting in March. A battle between Republicans and Democrats regarding DACA and CHIP (Children’s Health Insurance Program) resulted in a three-day government shutdown. A continuing resolution was agreed upon on Monday January 22nd. If Republican leadership keeps their promise, a debate on legislation for a DACA fix will be taking place on or leading up to the new February 8th deadline.  Both sides must recommit to ensuring that Congress completes its unfinished business. Here’s how you can help: 

1. Dial 1-888-778-6856 and wait for the “welcome” message. 

2. Enter your zip code. 

3. Wait for your call to be connected to your Member of Congress.  Urge them to support a permanent bipartisan resolution for our Dreamers. Remind them real lives are at stake and that we will not rest until our youth are protected!

Religious Exemption: Last week the Administration announced they will be overhauling the Health and Human Services (HHS) Civil Rights Office as part of a plan that will allow health workers to refuse treatment to a patient based on religious or moral objections. Existing refusal laws already allow health care providers to put their religious beliefs before patient care. The proposed rule would expand those laws in harmful new ways.   The LGBTQ community as well as people of color, interracial couples, women, minority faiths, people with disabilities, and others are now at great risk. According to a recent Center for American Progress survey, LGBTQ people face disturbing rates of health care discrimination, including harassment and denials of care; and often avoid doctor’s offices out of fear of discrimination. Use the hashtags #RXForDiscrimination and #LicenseToDiscriminate on social media. Tell people the freedom to practice religion is a mainstay of our Constitution, but it should not be used to deny medical care to anyone or as justification for intolerance.

Being LGBTQ in Public Spaces: The Movement Advancement Project (MAP) produced this public service announcement to highlight how the LGBT community faces discrimination on a daily basis. MAP recently released a new report: LGBT Policy Spotlight: Public Accommodations Nondiscrimination Laws. It provides a comprehensive overview of the patchwork of federal, state, and local protections against discrimination in public spaces. The report makes it clear how discrimination can disrupt daily behavior others take for granted and leave the LGBT community feeling unsafe and unwelcome. USA Today ran an article that featured MAP’s work along with some powerful and incredible stories of discrimination and resilience: “Not Just About A Cake Shop: LGBT people battle bias in everyday routines”.

A Crisis Of Hate:  Violence against the LGBTQ community has risen in the past year, with a total of 52 reported anti-LGBTQ homicides in 2017. The Anti-Violence Project has released their report: A Crisis Of Hate during a time when LGBTQ communities are witnessing civil rights protections and policies being rolled back and discrimination being instituted more than ever.  For too long, legislators have not taken meaningful or effective steps to address the increase of hate violence in this country. The Anti-Violence Project asks that people contact their representatives and ask them what they will do to address hate violence and ensure that their communities are safe and affirming for LGBTQ people.

Second Annual Women's March: Hundreds of thousands of marches took place all across America last weekend as people marched for the empowerment of women and against the Administration’s views on issues like abortion and immigration. Billed widely as the “Women’s March To The Polls,” organizers brought out prominent politicians and celebrities to speak and many participants carried signs with messages like “elect more women” and “the future is female.” The marches took place in cities large and small. Did you march? Send CAN your photos and you could be featured in one of our upcoming website stories.


Thursday December 28th, 2017 

As this year comes to a close, we at CAN want to say thank you for your advocacy efforts and support. We sent our first action alert out in July and have been consistently expanding our messaging and reach ever since! We are proud to partner with 15 LGBT centers across the nation and look forward to increasing that number in 2018.  2017 brought many challenges. On social media #Resist was the most used hashtag of the year.  With a nation divided and numerous attacks aimed at stripping the rights of the LGBTQ community, we learned that our strength lies in education, compassion for our most vulnerable, and the belief that together we are stronger. Here are some the issues we tackled in 2017:

Transgender people can continue to openly serve in the military. Three federal courts ruled that the President’s ban on retaining and recruiting transgender military service members was unconstitutional. Although these are preliminary injunctions, we are hopeful that justice will prevail as these cases continue to move through the courts.

8.8 million people enrolled in health insurance during this year's open enrollment period. That's nearly as many as last year (when 9.2 million people enrolled) - in spite of the administration's decision to shorten enrollment time and cut funding, as well as general confusion over the status of the Affordable Care Act.

Voter registration is at an all time high. On September 26, 2017, hundreds of organizations - including many LGBTQ community centers - participated in a coordinated effort to get eligible citizens registered to vote. We collectively gathered 124,290 new or updated voter registrations!

Our elders will be counted. When plans were announced to remove the LGBT community from the National Survey of Older Americans Act Participants; SAGE and its allies motivated some 14,000 comments against this change. The administration listened and restored lesbian, gay, and bisexual older people to the survey.   We are now working to include the transgender older adult population in future surveys.

We made history with over 80 LGBTQ community centers signing CAN's letter in support of passing the Dream Act.  Dreamers like Karen from the Tacoma Rainbow Center were assured that their local center was a safe space for themselves and their families.

We told the world that it's about more than just a cake. By becoming a partner in the Open To All Campaign, we educated people on the importance of protecting our nation’s nondiscrimination laws. This was an early effort to draw attention to the Masterpiece Cakeshop case that went before the Supreme Court on December 5th and is awaiting a decision.

None of these accomplishments would have happened without you. You wrote letters, signed petitions, attended rallies, shared stories, registered voters, made phone calls, forwarded links, and supported your local centers. Together we CAN make a difference, and we look forward to working with you to make 2018 a year of change and progress. 

With sincere thanks, 

Lora, Terry, and Tanya 

Center Action Network

Thursday November 16th, 2017 

Tax Reform: On Thursday, House Republicans approved their sweeping tax-cut package. The next step is for the Senate to pass its version, then for both chambers to reconcile their substantial differences. Congress is determined to get this bill onto the President's desk before the holidays. Now is the time to contact your Senators and tell them not to hurt millions of working-class American families by passing a bad tax bill. We've done the work for you - click here to get started.

Federal tax policies affect state and local economies by influencing the amount of income that lower and middle class families can spend. By building a tax code that protects the net income of working families, we can construct greater financial well-being more broadly. In contrast, proposals to reduce the tax rates applied to the highest-earning households would create a disproportionately greater reduction in their taxes than everyone else. Instead, our federal budget and tax system should increase spending through policies that will help working families add to their local economies and help their communities grow.

In reality, both the House and the Senate plans hurt middle-class and low-income Americans. They fail to cover the full cost of the tax cuts for the wealthy and corporations, adding to the deficit and putting middle-class priorities such as Medicare, Medicaid, education, and infrastructure at risk. These tax plans are a bad deal for the American people. Transgender Awareness Week: Typically observed the second week of November, this week-long event leads up to Transgender Day of Remembrance which memorializes victims of transphobic violence. Sadly 2017 has already seen at least 25 transgender people fatally shot or killed by other violent means. As we continue to work toward justice and equality for our trans brothers and sisters, please take a moment on Monday November 20th to remember those we've lost.

Religious Freedom: The Administration is asking for public comment until November 24th on its latest attempt to roll back protections and allow religious organizations to get federal dollars without following nondiscrimination rules and key protections. Opponents of transgender equality are flooding the Department of Health and Human Services with comments demanding they ignore nondiscrimination protections for trans people. We need to make sure they hear from transgender people and their families, health care providers, and allies that key protections like nondiscrimination requirements should not be rolled back. Here are some key points you could include, but we strongly encourage you to use your own words and experiences. All comments will be submitted to HHS and will become public records. You may comment using your real name or anonymously. No one should be able to discriminate with federal funds against LGBT people, women, religious minorities, or anyone else.

Masterpiece Cakeshop Case: This isn't about cake. It’s about whether there is a constitutional right to discriminate. In early December, the Supreme Court will hear oral arguments in Masterpiece Cakeshop, a case that has the potential to upend the hard-fought principle that no one should ever be denied service from a business open to the public simply because of who he or she is. The case might seem relatively minor: a Colorado bakery refusing to sell a same-sex couple a cake for their wedding reception. But this is not about cake, and it’s about a lot more than marriage. A ruling that says the constitution gives businesses the right to turn customers away based on religious beliefs or artistic creativity would create gaping holes in our nation’s longstanding nondiscrimination protections. It would say there is a constitutional right to discriminate—not only against LGBT people, but religious and racial minorities, unmarried couples, single mothers and many others. To learn more go to

Health Care: Since 2013, more LGBTQ people and families have been able to qualify for affordable health insurance because of the Affordable Care Act. That means more people in our community have access to medically necessary services they need, from life-saving HIV drugs to gender affirming health care. You can enroll (or re-enroll) in health insurance or switch plans at In most states this year’s open enrollment period ends on December 15, 2017. Thanks to our friends at OUT2Enroll, you can get help from an LGBTQ-friendly expert in your area. Make an appointment today!

LGBTQ Adoption: Family Equality Council, CenterLink, PFLAG and many others are participating in the Every Child Deserves a Family Campaign in conjunction with National Adoption Month. The campaign fights to protect LGBTQ children, youth, and potential parents as well as other nontraditional families from discrimination in adoption and foster care services. The core beliefs of the campaign are that all child welfare decisions should be made in the best interest of the child, and that all children and youth deserve permanent, loving, forever families. Seven states have passed “license to discriminate” bills allowing adoption and foster care agencies to discriminate against LGBTQ youth and qualified potential parent(s). Three of these bills passed in 2017 alone. Get more information by visiting

LGBTQ Youth: At this week's Runaway and Homeless Youth Training and Technical Assistance Center (RHYTTAC) conference there was not much LGBTQ programming – and that’s not a coincidence. This national conference is for Runaway and Homeless Youth Act grantees. For some providers, it is the only opportunity for specialized trainings including cultural inclusivity. We want to make sure LGBTQ young people are at the forefront of this issue. CAN invites you prioritize the issue of LGBTQ youth homelessness by tweeting about it using #LGBTQYouth. Some things you can say:

- #LGBTQYouth experience longer periods of homelessness than their straight peers 
- Up to 40% of youth experiencing homelessness are #LGBTQYouth 
- #LGBTQYouth of color experience homelessness at disproportionate rates

Thursday November 2nd, 2017 

Health Care: The Affordable Care Act is still the law of the land. Last year 84% of enrollees were eligible for discounted rates. Open enrollment began on November 1st and runs through December 15th in most states. This is a shorter enrollment period than in previous years so if you don’t act by December 15th, you may not get coverage for 2018 unless you quality for a special enrollment period or live in a state that has extended deadlines. Get your questions answered by an LGBTQ-friendly advisor at and #GetCovered. 

Tax Reform: On Thursday November 2nd, Americans got their first look at the administration’s long-anticipated tax reform plan entitled “Tax Cuts and Jobs Act.” Don’t be fooled by the wording of this plan. It will harm the very people who are being promised relief, including many in the LGBT community. According to the Tax Policy Center, the cuts as proposed would slightly reduce taxes for low- and middle-income households, but over time only the top 1% of income earners in the United States would receive over 80% of the benefits. The plan adds $1.5 trillion to the deficit -- which will force deep cuts to Medicaid, Medicare, and Social Security down the road. Other cuts include the elimination of state and local tax income and sales deduction, deductions for student loan interest, and tax breaks for medical expenses. The Work Opportunity Credit which encourages businesses to hire veterans would be eliminated. So would the New Markets Credit, which encourages investment in poor areas. Republicans are hoping to move this quickly through the House, with committee action penciled in for next week. Call your representatives and tell them you are strongly opposed to the tax reform released by the House Republicans on November 2nd: (202) 224-3121.

The Opioid Crisis: Opioid misuse has risen to the level of an epidemic. Preliminary data indicates that in 2016, more people died from opioid overdoses than the combined number of people killed by gun homicide and in car accidents. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that LGBT adults are more than twice as likely as heterosexual adults to have used an illicit drug in the past year. Substance abuse is also 20 to 30 percent higher among LGBT youth compared to the general population. Last week the President declared the opioid epidemic a nationwide public health emergency. However this designation does little more than shift grant money away from other public health needs, such as combating HIV/AIDS. This could be a step in the wrong direction, considering the next HIV epidemic in America is likely brewing in rural areas suffering under the opioid crisis. If you or someone you love is in need of an LGBT-friendly opioid addiction treatment center, call Drug’s 24-hour hotline: 877-960-2901. 

DACA/Dream Act 2017: Last week Center Action Network asked your community centers to sign a letter in support of passing the Dream Act by the end of 2017. Over 80 centers signed on and we made history! Never before have so many LGBT community centers signed on to one letter. There are over 75,000 LGBT Dreamers - 36,000 of which have participated in the DACA program. For LGBT recipients, the consequences of rescinding DACA are particularly dire since they would be at risk of not only being deported to countries they haven’t set foot in since they were children but where their lives could be in jeopardy. Same-sex relationships are criminalized in nearly 80 countries worldwide. Karen from CenterLink’s own Tacoma Rainbow Center shared her story with Center Action Network. She told us how it feels to be queer, undocumented, and a DACA recipient. Read more about Karen here

Religious Freedom: In early October, Attorney General Sessions issued guidance giving significant leeway to federal staff, recipients of federal grants, and government contractors to seek religious exemptions from federal laws that prevent discrimination. At the same time the Administration proposed new rules that would let employers back out of covering free birth control in the health insurance plans they offer to employees if it is against their moral or religious beliefs. Movement Advancement Project’s report Tipping the Scales: The Coordinated Attack on LGBT People, Women, Parents, Children, and Health Care analyzes the mounting legislation and litigation across the country orchestrated to undermine nondiscrimination protections, comprehensive health care, and the regulations administering social and public services by inserting exemptions into the laws based on religious or moral beliefs.  Freedom of religion is a core American value, but religious freedom was not meant to allow people to discriminate, harm, or impose their religion on others. To learn more about the 62.4. million people who rely on no-cost birth control visit and use the hashtag #HandsOffMyBC to support the cause on social media. You can also share this graphic on social media to remind people religious freedom is not a #LicenseToDiscriminate.

Thursday October 19th, 2017 

DACA/Dream Act: One estimate from the Williams Institute suggests that around 36,000 LGBTQ people are enrolled in the DACA program. These Dreamers have been able to pursue higher education, improve their economic security, and live safely with their families because of DACA. For LGBTQ recipients, the consequences of rescinding DACA are particularly dire since they would be at risk of not only being deported to countries they haven’t set foot in since they were children but where their lives could be in jeopardy. Deportation can be a death sentence for LGBTQ people in many parts of the world. Same-sex relationships are criminalized in nearly 80 countries worldwide. You can help our LGBTQ Dreamers by telling Congress to pass the #DreamActNow.

Healthcare: Since 2013, the Affordable Care Act (ACA) has helped LGBTQ people and families get access to quality, affordable health insurance. Thanks to the law the uninsured rate for low- and middle-income LGBTQ people has dropped by an overwhelming 35%. That means more people in our community have access to medically necessary services they need, from life-saving HIV drugs to gender affirming health care. Deciding on health insurance can be confusing, which is why 80% of LGBTQ people want help from someone who understands their questions about same-sex coverage and transition-related care. Luckily, you can get free, LGBTQ-friendly help from experts thanks to our friends at Out2Enroll. Make an appointment today. Open enrollment has been shortened for this year – it begins November 1st and ends December 15th. Be sure to #GetCovered. 

#MeToo: Last weekend on Twitter and Facebook, people around the world posted two words: “Me too.” They hashtagged these words to share their experiences of sexual harassment and assault, and to de-stigmatize speaking out. Some told personal stories, some didn’t. Why do survivors of harassment often stay quiet? There are many reasons. Fear of being disbelieved, scrutinized, shamed, ridiculed. The ordeal of having to defend yourself against your aggressor and having to explain what happened over and over again. Not wanting to be the victim. 

Sexual violence affects every demographic and every community – including LGBTQ people. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), LGBTQ people experience sexual violence at similar or higher rates than heterosexuals. The National Coalition of Anti-Violence Projects (NCAVP) estimates that nearly one in ten LGBTQ survivors of intimate partner violence (IPV) has experienced sexual assault from those partners. Studies suggest that around half of transgender people and bisexual women will experience sexual violence at some point in their lifetimes. If you identify as LGBTQ and have experienced sexual harassment or assault, you have the right to receive support and services. Call 212-714-1141 or visit the National Coalition of Anti-Violence Programs. 

Gun Violence: In the early morning hours of Sunday, June 12, 2017 the LGBT community found itself in the crosshairs of one of the worst mass shooting in U.S. history. The massacre at Pulse nightclub in Orlando represented a gruesomeness that no one in the community - or the nation - had ever experienced. On October 1, 2017, a gunman opened fire on a crowd of concertgoers at the Route 91 Harvest Music Festival on the Los Vegas Strip, leaving 58 people dead and 546 injured. Among those were a gay couple from Utah. Cameron Robinson died and his partner Robert Eardley was severely injured but expected to survive.  LGBTQ people are disproportionately impacted by gun violence and hate-motivated crimes in general. Transgender women face epidemic rates of murder and violent crime. Hate crimes are on the rise throughout the United States, with 20 percent of hate crimes reported nationally targeting people based on their sexual orientation or gender identity. Over 120 gun violence prevention groups and allies have created a Campaign Against Assault Weapons to ban #WeaponsOfWar to keep families and communities safe. We invite you to join the campaign by signing the petition.