Will “Sequestration” Hurt Gays ?

Many of us wonder “What is “Sequestration”?

It is the other side of tax increases; it is blunt unconsidered budget cuts. If budget negotiations fail and we “fall over the cliff”, taxes will go up for everybody and these
major budget cuts will impact GLBT persons in significant ways.

For example,

■Sequestration would hurt gay and transgender workers and threaten their employment security because federal agencies would have fewer resources to investigate claims of employment discrimination.

■Sequestration would compromise gay and transgender health by reducing programmatic funding used to address the health care needs of gay and transgender Americans.

■Sequestration would remove critical resources from government agencies currently working to combat bullying and school violence against gay and transgender youth.

■Sequestration would limit the federal government’s ability to address the high rates of homelessness among gay and transgender youth.

■Sequestration would limit the government’s capacity to prevent discrimination in housing against gay and transgender renters, tenants, and potential homeowners.

■Sequestration would hamper the government’s efforts to prevent violent crime against gay and transgender people through enforcement of hate crimes legislation and other similar federal initiatives aimed at preventing violence in this community.

from the Center for American Progress
see: http://www.americanprogress.org/issues/lgbt/report/2012/11/20/45372/caught-in-the-budget-battle/

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