Federal Bill Introduced to Protect LGBT Youth at Homeless Shelters
Representatives Mark Pocan (D-WI) and Gwen Moore (D-WI) have introduced legislation in Congress to protect homeless LGBT youth from discrimination. The bill seeks to include LGBT protections within the Reconnecting Homeless Youth Act, which is up for reauthorization this year. Pocan, one of the only openly gay members of the House of Representatives, spoke to the legislation's necessity stating, "young people in the LGBT community are disproportionately at risk for homelessness, often as a result of the rejection, discrimination, or violence they face simply for being themselves."
If reauthorized with the LGBT protective legislation, the Reconnecting Homeless Youth Act would ban discrimination against LGBT youths by homeless shelters that receive federal funding. In addition, the new bill would require all shelters receiving federal grants to acquire cultural competency skills in dealing with LGBT youth, as well as require the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to further the research on LGBT youth homelessness by collecting an increased amount of data.
3/6/2014 Senate Rejects Qualified Obama Nominee to Lead DOJ Civil Rights Division - The US Senate blocked President Obama's nominee to lead the Civil Rights Division within the Department of Justice.
Senators voted 47-52 yesterday in opposition to Debo Adegbile, a highly qualified attorney who worked in private practice at the law firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison before holding several leadership positions at the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, including Director of Litigation, Acting President, Director-Counsel, and Special Counsel, and serving as senior counsel to the US Senate Judiciary Committee.
Adegbile is a voting rights expert. . . .