Vermont, Maine, Connecticut senators add sexual orientation and gender ID protections to homeless youth act

Nov 27, 2019 by

Senators Patrick Leahy of Vermont, Susan Collins of Maine and Jahana Hayes of Connecticut, reintroduced the Runaway and Homeless Youth and Trafficking Prevention Act late this month. The legislation includes expanded protections for LGBTQ youth.

The act would reauthorize essential programs, “including prevention, emergency shelters, street outreach, transitional living and assistance in rural areas,” and “an explicit non-discrimination provision that would prohibit any provider of these services from discriminating against youth based on their race, color, religion, national origin, sex, gender identity, sexual orientation or disability,” reports the Human Rights Campaign.

“No child in America should have to call the street home,” Senator Leahy said in a press statement. “Our bill will offer service providers the training and tools they need to best serve young people, to help ensure that they don’t fall victim to human trafficking, and to keep them safe.”

These are often lifesaving programs,” he stated, “rescuing young lives and giving them crucial lifelines.  Our legislation will allow communities in Vermont and across the country to expand their enormously important work.”

The legislation would “raise the authorization of appropriations to $225 million and double the minimum grant allocation provided to small states, from $100,000, to $200,000,” according to Vermont Business Magazine, which reported:

Source: Vermont, Maine, Connecticut senators add sexual orientation and gender ID protections to homeless youth act | Boston Spirit Magazine

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