LGBT people are more likely to be targets of hate crimes than any other minority group. The president’s nominee for Attorney General, who oversees the Department of Justice, has consistently opposed protections for LGBT people. This includes voting against the Hate Crimes Prevention Act, opposing the re-authorization of the Violence Against Women Act with added LGBT protections, and support for a constitutional amendment to ban marriage for same-sex couples.
Slashes in funding for programs like the Center’s that advocate for and counsel hate crime survivors, and train law enforcement officials on how to properly respond to anti-LGBT attacks, could leave LGBT victims of hate violence with no resources for support.
Services for LGBT people who are victims of domestic violence are also at risk because of threats to gut the Violence Against Women Act and repeal the hard fought inclusion for LGBT protections that the Center helped to secure. VAWA helps fund the few programs in the country, like the Center’s, that have the expertise to help LGBT people who have experienced intimate partner violence.