Violence Against Women Act passes Senate with LGBT protections

Advocates yesterday praised the Senate for including LGBT-specific protections in a bill that would reauthorize programs aimed at reducing domestic violence. "Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people are not immune from this violence, and their distress should not be further heightened by a lack of proper response from service providers or law enforcement," said Rea Carey, executive director of the National Gay & Lesbian Task Force. A version of the bill in the House is not expected to include the LGBT language.

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