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Domestic abuse affects the LGBT community, too

Sunday, October 27, 2013
What issue will affect gay and bisexual men at a rate of two in five and affect approximately 50 percent of the lesbian population in America? If you didn’t know the answer, you are not alone. The answer is domestic violence. October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month, but most of us don’t think about the lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender, or LGBT, community when we think of domestic violence victims. Experts believe that domestic violence occurs in the LGBT community with the same frequency and severity as in the heterosexual community... [ Read more → ]
Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico governor signs two gay rights bills into law

Wednesday, May 29, 2013
SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico --- Puerto Rico's governor has signed a bill that prohibits employment discrimination based on gender or sexual orientation. [ Read more → ]

U.S. House approves anti-violence law with LGBT protections

Thursday, February 28, 2013
WASHINGTON -- House Republicans raised the white flag Thursday on extending domestic violence protections to gays, lesbians and transsexuals after months of resisting an expansion of the Violence Against Women Act. [ Read more → ]

House to take up Senate’s LGBT-inclusive version of anti-violence act

Wednesday, February 27, 2013
WASHINGTON — Congress appeared on a course to renew the expired Violence Against Women Act after House Republican leaders on Tuesday agreed to take up a version of the 1994 anti-domestic violence law that passed the Senate two weeks ago by a wide, bipartisan margin. [ Read more → ]

House GOP to strip protections for gays in its version of anti-violence act

Saturday, February 23, 2013
WASHINGTON — The House and Senate appeared headed for another partisan battle as the House prepared to take up its version of the once-noncontroversial Violence Against Women Act. [ Read more → ]
U.S. Rep. John Boehner (R-Ohio)AP file photo by J. Scott Applewhite

Boehner: House may consider Senate version of Violence Against Women Act

Thursday, February 14, 2013
WASHINGTON -- U.S. House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) said Thursday that the GOP's House leadership is considering a plan for moving forward with the Violence Against Women Act legislation. [ Read more → ]

Senate renews Violence Against Women Act with new protections for gays

Tuesday, February 12, 2013
WASHINGTON -- By a robust bipartisan majority, the Senate voted Tuesday to renew the Violence Against Women Act with new assurances that gays and lesbians, immigrants and Native American women will have equal access to the act's anti-domestic violence programs. [ Read more → ]

U.S. Senate poised to renew gay-inclusive domestic violence law

Thursday, February 7, 2013
WASHINGTON — The Senate is poised to rewrite the federal government's principal anti-domestic abuse law with new protections for gays, lesbians, immigrants and Native American women. [ Read more → ]

Senate launches new effort to move on gay-inclusive anti-violence bill

Monday, February 4, 2013
WASHINGTON — Senate Democrats, bolstered by Republican support, on Monday launched a new attempt to broaden a law protecting women from domestic abuse by expanding its provisions to cover gays, lesbians and Native Americans. [ Read more → ]

U.S. House approves Violence Against Women Act without LGBT protections

Wednesday, May 16, 2012
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. House of Representatives on Wednesday voted to approve the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA), but unlike the LGBT-inclusive Senate version, the House bill failed to address discrimination faced by LGBT victims of domestic violence. [ Read more → ]

U.S. House panel rejects LGBT protections in domestic violence bill

Wednesday, May 9, 2012
WASHINGTON -- A Republican-controlled House panel beat back measures on Tuesday that would have made LGBT protections part of legislation aiming to extend federal authorization for domestic violence programs. [ Read more → ]

U.S. Senate passes LGBT-inclusive domestic violence act

Thursday, April 26, 2012
WASHINGTON -- The U.S. Senate on Thursday passed the first LGBT-inclusive version of the Violence Against Women Act in a reauthorization bill which will now provide explicit protections for LGBT survivors of domestic violence and sexual abuse. [ Read more → ]
Sen. Patrick Lehy

Senate panel approves LGBT-inclusive domestic violence bill

Thursday, February 2, 2012
WASHINGTON -- A Senate panel approved LGBT-inclusive legislation on Thursday that would extend and strengthen programs working to combat and prevent domestic violence. [ Read more → ]
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