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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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National Voter Registration Day 

 

Is YOUR LGBTQ Community Center registered to hold a National Voter Registration Day event?  Forward them this link and tell them to help us #PromoteTheVote!

On Tuesday September 25, 2018 organizations from all over the country will participate in a single day of voter registration efforts. National Voter Registration Day seeks to reach tens of thousands of voters who may not register otherwise.

There are 9.4 million LGBTQ voters in the United States. Turnout among LGBTQ voters is reliably high, and…

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No Veteran Should Be Denied Care 

 

Did you know that an estimated 150,000 transgender individuals have served in the U.S. armed forces, or are currently on active duty?  In addition, an estimated 134,000 transgender individuals are military veterans.  This analysis is consistent with other research suggesting that transgender individuals are more likely than the general population to serve in the US military.  Recently the American Medical Association affirmed that there is no valid reason to exclude transgender individuals from…

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Upcoming SCOTUS Vote - What Can You Do? 

The first hearing for Trump’s Supreme Court pick has been scheduled for September 4th.  The National Equality Action Team (NEAT) is organizing phone banks to make sure key Senators hear from voters who question Brett Kavanaugh's pattern of ruling against the values of the majority of Americans. 

These are some of the issues affecting the LGBTQ community that will most likely be heard by the US. Supreme Court in the near future: 

  • Marriage and families: SCOTUS could decide whether adoption agencies and…

1557: The LGBTQ Community Needs Your Help 

Join us in the fight to prevent discrimination in healthcare. The Administration has proposed a new interpretation of nondiscrimination provisions that would roll back protections of the Health Care Rights Law (Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act). This revision will likely affect the very communities the law protects, including people of color, women, people with disabilities, seniors, people whose primary language is not English, immigrants, and LGBTQ individuals. 

It will affect people like 15-year…

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No To LGBTQ Adoption Discrimination 

A foster care and adoption #LicenseToDiscriminate measure was added into a health and human services funding bill in the House Appropriations Committee on Wednesday and passed by a vote of 29-23.  Named the Aderholt Amendment, it would protect foster care and adoption agencies that refuse services to LGBTQ and other couples based on their religious beliefs.  The amendment specifically says adoption agencies declining a child welfare service "based on sincerely held religious beliefs or moral convictions"

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CenterLink's Statement On The Nomination Of Brett Kavanaugh For U.S. Supreme Court Justice 

Any nominee for the Supreme Court should have a demonstrated commitment to giving a fair hearing to the arguments of all Americans who come before them. These are some of the issues affecting the LGBTQ community that will most likely be heard by the US. Supreme Court in the near future:

  • Marriage and families: SCOTUS could decide whether adoption agencies and other businesses can legally discriminate against LGBTQ couples.
  • Reproductive rights: The Supreme Court might overturn Roe v. Wade — and all…