Target: U.S. Congress
Goal: Protect homeless lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender homeless youth
Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender youth comprise almost 40 percent of all homeless youth in the United States and face abuse in their schools, on the streets and in their own homes. Recently, Representatives Mark Pocan and Gwen Moore introduced the Runaway and Homeless Youth Inclusion Act that would rectify this discrimination against LGBT youth by outlawing discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity in various programs that offer shelter and stability for these displaced individuals. This legislation if passed will be an important step towards protecting LGBT individuals and preserving their human rights in an increasingly progressive society.
The Runaway and Homeless Youth Act would provide federal funding to programs for homeless youth in cities across the country. These programs include transitional living programs, shelters, street outreach and drop-in centers. The programs that receive these grants for services would give LGBT youth safe housing and would also fund homelessness prevention, support for family reunification, and social services that would help young adults find a job and their own housing. Thus, the bill would make all of the services funded under the law more inclusive and protective of vulnerable LGBT youth.
Proponents of LGBT people, including the True Colors Fund and the Center for American Progress, have praised the proposed legislation for offering stability and safety for LGBT youth. Congress is taking action to make sure that federal programs help homeless youth to subsist in dangerous and bleak conditions. Furthermore, it will mitigate the number of LGBT youth from entering the juvenile justice system and therefore cut government costs.
This proposed legislation has bipartisan support in Congress as many members are children advocates as well as supporters of fiscal responsibility. This law serves both of those non-partisan goals and would also signify a step towards eliminating the second-class citizenship many members of the LGBT community have. Please sign this petition to urge Congress to pass this important piece of legislation that would not only help combat unjust criminalization of LGBT youth, but also cut government costs tremendously. The passage of this law would be an important step towards protecting the human rights of LGBT individuals in America.
Dear U.S. Congress,
We urge you to pass the proposed Runaway and Homeless Youth Inclusion Act in order to protect vulnerable homeless LGBT youth who currently experience discrimination, rejection and abuse on the streets and in provided homes. This bill will not only fund federal programs that would combat discrimination against LGBT youth but would also cut government spending on LGBT youth by keeping more of them out of the juvenile justice system.
This proposed piece of legislation would be an important step towards protecting LGBT human rights. Please pass this bill to stand up and protect vulnerable LGBT youth and show your concern for all U.S. citizens regardless of sexual orientation and gender identity.
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