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This is NOT a National Emergency 

President Trump just announced that he’s declaring a state of emergency to secure funding for a wall at our border.  This behavior demonstrates his complete disregard for what the majority of Americans feel is best for our country.

Border crossing rates have gone down for twenty straight years, according to U.S. Customs and Border Protection.  This administration has already put into place regulations that make entering our country difficult for people - including LGBTQ asylum seekers who are fleeing…

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Religious Adoption Agencies Refusing LGBTQ Parents 

CenterLink is one of 400+ members of the Family Equality Council's Every Child Deserves a Family Campaign battling against discrimination in foster care and adoption. 

From a frightening waiver issued to South Carolina last month to President Trump praising adoption agencies for refusing service to same-sex couples during the recent National Prayer Breakfast, these campaigns demonize same-sex parents, provide special privileges to Christian agencies, and normalize subsidizing discrimination with taxpayer…

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Another Government Shutdown is Looming 

 

The 35-day federal government shutdown caused disruptions in the lives of millions of people.  At least 13,600 federal workers identify as LGBTQ, which means thousands of people from our community were furloughed.

Fortunately, our LGBTQ community centers were there to help. In California, the Imperial Valley LGBT Resource Center offered space for families affected by the shutdown to hold a rummage sale.  In Virginia, volunteers from Diversity Richmond and the local chapter of the Metropolitan Community…

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LGBTQ+ Refugee Sponsors Wanted 

 

    There are numerous LGBTQ+ refugees currently being held in detention centers across the country who are looking for sponsors.  Could you become a sponsor and change someone's life?   LGBTQ+ refugees encounter unique obstacles to securing protection, particularly when caught up in immigration enforcement and detention systems.  LGBTQ+ people pursuing asylum claims that are related to their sexual orientation or gender identity often face discriminatory attitudes in the court system that lead to…

Can I Have Your Info? 

 

Center Action Network is going to be two years old this summer, and because of your participation, we've accomplished SO MUCH!  We anticipate 2019 will be another challenging year for the LGBTQ community policy-wise, so we're updating our contacts to be sure we've got your info correct.  Can you please take a minute to fill out this form?

And be sure to click on our social media links below to connect with us  - we love hearing from our members!  Thank you, and I look forward to interacting with you…

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No Child Should Be At Risk in the Name Of Religious Freedom 

  CenterLink responds to misuse by the Health and Human Services Department of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act

The Trump administration granted permission today for government-contracted child welfare agencies in South Carolina to turn away would-be foster and adoptive parents based on religion. Once again, our national leaders have acted in a discriminatory manner placing children waiting for foster or adoptive families in harm’s way. 

Over 123,000 of children and youth in foster care are…

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Supreme Court Allows Challenges To Trump's Trans Military Ban 

 

Supreme Court Allows Challenges to Trump’s Transgender Military Ban to Continue in Lower Courts

Today the Supreme Court granted the Trump administration's request to begin implementing its discriminatory ban of military service by transgender people, putting the honorable service of thousands of troops on the line. In a 5-4 decision, the Court ruled to allow the cases to proceed in the lower courts.

A study commissioned by the Department of Defense determined that there are no readiness implications…

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Transgender Military Ban Remains Blocked 

The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit today ruled against transgender service members, lifting the district court’s order preventing the Trump administration from enforcing its ban on military service by transgender people in Doe v. Trump.  Despite today’s decision, three nationwide preliminary injunctions halting the ban remain in effect blocking the ban while the cases proceed in the federal district courts. In addition, as the D.C. Circuit noted “today’s decision is not a final…

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Guidance on School Safety Rescinded 

Today, the Federal Commission on School Safety recommended rescinding guidance intended to reduce discrimination in school discipline that disproportionately affects LGBTQ students, students of color, and students with disabilities, among others.  Today’s decision does not change federal anti-discrimination law, and students remain protected based on race, ethnicity, sex, and disability. However, by undoing this guidance, the Commission is failing to address the issue of school safety for our most…

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Say No To Banning Abortion Coverage 

The administration has proposed new rules to ban private insurance coverage for abortion.  Whether someone has private or government funded health insurance, each of us should have coverage for the full range of pregnancy-related care, including abortion.  These proposed rules undermine the purpose of health insurance and are certain to cause confusion among consumers, who would have to navigate two separate bills and two separate payments.

Women deserve justice and dignity for abortion care, not obstacles…

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