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Don't Politicize Charitable Nonprofits 

In the next few days, Congress will be recommending huge, year-end legislation that currently includes language damaging to nonprofits and the people they serve. Proposed language attached to a spending bill in the House would make it virtually impossible for the IRS to enforce the law (the longstanding Johnson Amendment) that protects charitable nonprofits from engaging in divisive partisanship and schemes to profit from tax deductions for political campaign contributions. The anti-Johnson Amendment…

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We Stand With The Trans Community 

Today the administration asked the Supreme Court to bypass multiple federal appeals courts and immediately allow President Trump to impose his ban on transgender service members  Justices were asked to consolidate the challenges to the ban — which so far have been successful in lower courts — and rule on the issue in its current term.

Additionally, guidance protecting transgender people in the workforce disappeared from the Office of Personnel Management's website, and was replaced by generic language with…

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Fair Treatment for LGBTQ Asylum Seekers 

Across the United States, people of all backgrounds are reacting with outrage in light of the Administration’s announcement that people who attempt to seek asylum outside of ports of entry will be denied the right to this protection. 

On Sunday, November 11th, an estimated 78 LGBTQ asylum seekers reached the United States border in hopes of escaping persecution in Central America. Originally traveling with a larger group from Honduras, they left the caravan after experiencing discrimination and threats…

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This Year It's On Us 

 

Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, the uninsured rate for low- and middle-income LGBTQ people has dropped by an  overwhelming 35%! More LGBTQ people have health insurance than ever before—and that means access to health care we need, from life-saving HIV drugs to gender affirming health services.

You can still expect to be treated fairly and protected from discrimination in health insurance AND health care. We know the headlines are confusing—and our community often seems to be under attack—but nothing…

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Trans Lives #WontBeErased 

 

Center Action Network's Response to the New York Times Story

By now many of you have seen the New York Times article titled, "Trump Administration Eyes Defining Transgender Out of Existence," about forthcoming rules from Department of Health and Human Services.  The memo suggests that government agencies should adopt a new definition of gender which would essentially obliterate federal recognition of the estimated 2 million transgender and gender-expansive people living in America.

Millions of…

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Public Charge Rule and LGBTQ 

Hello friends,

Today the Department of Homeland Security published a new regulatory proposal that will make it much more difficult for immigrants with documented status residing in the US to remain in the country if they are likely to use programs like Medicaid Part D, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Section 8 housing vouchers, and other forms of public assistance.

Families could be denied green cards or permanent residency in the United States based on an immigration officer’s guess…

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CAN's Statement: Kavanaugh Confirmation 

This afternoon, the Senate voted to confirm Brett Kavanaugh as the next Supreme Court justice. His record indicates he is neither impartial or fair-minded, and there are numerous allegations of sexual assault staining his record.  

We fought hard.  Many are left feeling fearful, angry, and frustrated. It would be easy to retreat, but we will not do that. Our community is one of resilience, so instead we will use those feelings as fuel for action.  The midterm elections are one month away.  Voter turnout is…

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State Department Changes Visa Rules for Same-Sex Partners of Foreign Diplomats 

 

In response to the Administration's denial of visas to unmarried partners of LGBT foreign diplomats and United Nations employees, Center Action Network issued the following statement:

"The new policy which denies visas to unmarried same-sex partners of foreign diplomats and officials and employees of the United Nations is yet another effort to willfully negate the humanity of LGBTQ people.

This policy requires diplomatic partners be officially married in order to receive a visa. However, it is…

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Administration plans to reallocate HIV, STD, Viral Hepatitis Funding 

We have been receiving calls from LGBTQ community centers who are fearful of losing funding due to a notification of transfer that was released yesterday.  The Administration plans to divert funding for HIV/AIDS, STD, and hepatitis care, treatment, and prevention to cover the rising costs of the Unaccompanied Alien Children Program.

The transfers are from unspent funds from the current fiscal year ending October 1, 2018.  The decision should not revoke any of your current grant funding - including the Ryan…

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