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Senate Committee Adds LGBTs To Violence Againt Women Act

It seems a little odd but it’s definitely good news:  The Senate Judiciary Committee just voted to add lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transgender people to the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), with a special re-authorization sponsored by Sen. Patrick Leahy D-VT (right), and Sen. Mike Crapo, R-ID.

We guess it’s easier than starting from scratch.

The new measure would allow funds to be used for programs providing services to LGBT domestic-abuse victims and ban any group receiving VAWA funds from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.

Studies indicate queer victims, when seeking help, are often discriminated against by law-enforcement officials and social-service providers.

“Victims of domestic violence need assistance, not irrational barriers based on their sexual orientation or gender identity,” said HRC President Joe Solmonese. “We thank the members of the Judiciary Committee that have recognized the discrimination LGBT domestic violence victims face when seeking assistance.

Source: San Diego LGBT Weekly