What Going Over the Fiscal Cliff Means to the LGBT Community

Tuesday, November 27, 2012

A revealing report from a coalition of LGBT groups details the negative effects that sequestration would have on lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Americans in employment, health, housing, higher education, and personal safety.

The Center for American Progress, in partnership with the National Gay and Lesbian Task Force and 23 other national LGBT groups, released the study:

Caught in the Budget Battle: How the ‘Fiscal Showdown’ Impacts Gay and Transgender Americans

Looking at the conclusions in the paper, center VP Jeff Krehely said:

“Sequestration in particular would inflict significant harm by requiring wholesale cuts to programs that are critical to the health, wellness, and livelihood of LGBT people and their families. We cannot afford to let that happen.”

Many federal programs, directly and indirectly, support and serve the LGBT population. If across-the-board budget cuts go into effect, LGBT leaders are concerned about the following:

• Threats to the employment security of LGBT workers “because federal agencies would have fewer resources to investigate claims of employment discrimination.”

Under sequestration, the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission, which enforces federal employment discrimination laws, would see an automatic cut to its budget in 2013 that will continue through 2021 if no budget resolution is reached after sequestration occurs.

• Lower quality health care for LGBT families because of reduced program funding used to address their health care needs.

For elder LGBT Americans, sequestration would cut Medicare payments to doctors, hospitals and other health care providers for 2013.

• The absence of critical resources from government agencies working to combat bullying and school violence against LGBT youth.

For LGBT youth, sequestration would reduce funding for agencies within the Department of Education and Department of Justice responsible for investigating bullying claims against students based on their sexual orientation or gender identity.

• Limited ability of federal government to address the high rates of homelessness among LGBT youth.

• Limited governmental capacity to prevent discrimination in housing against LGBT renters, tenants and potential homeowners.

With fewer resources, the report maintains, it would become more difficult for the Department of Housing and Urban Development to enforce relatively new federal regulations prohibiting discrimination against LGBT renters, tenants, and potential homeowners. Sequestration would greatly undermine the progress made over the past four years toward ending housing discrimination among the population.

• Hampered governmental efforts to prevent violent crime against LGBT people through enforcement of hate crimes legislation.

SOURCE: Wisconsin Gazette

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11 Responses to What Going Over the Fiscal Cliff Means to the LGBT Community

  1. DMason says:

    This is pretty shocking but when I think about it, I see the impact on our community. I have very little confidence in Republicans still angry over losing the election to work with President Obama to get this done. Especially, Mitch McConnell.

  2. The Real Adam says:

    The fact is, gay Americans are no different from straight Americans.

    This draconian sequestration scheme makes about as much sense as Medicare Part D’s donut hole and could only be hatched in America by a braindead Republican.

  3. ChiTOM says:

    The hits to the LGBT community would be across the board. I’m very disturbed older gays would see doctor reimbursement slashed further limiting the number of physicians willing to take new patients. I think sequestration would cause utter chaos and it’s only something a Paul Ryan would embrace.

  4. Rachel says:

    I am encouraged to read President Obama say Social Security will not be put the cutting block to try and balance the federal budget. He’s standing firm on this, as well he should.

  5. Randy Arroyo says:

    Thanks for blogging this Christopher. No other blog or website is reporting it and the information is very important to the LGBT community. Maybe people will be motivated to write the Congressional representative and demand they get the work done on the fiscal cliff? Sequestration would be a disaster and one that we will feel for years to come.

  6. Unconditional1 says:

    Blatant discrimination! More unconstitutional wrangling and shenanigans by the GOPoop! One would think that after having their a$$es handed to them in the last election that they would have learned a thing or two about the mindset of Americans…but not this merry band of tea bag bs’ers!!

  7. Adirondacky says:

    How can the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission see automatic cuts to its budget from 2013 to 2021? Their budget can’t represent amounts that have a significant effect on the debt?

  8. Brigadoon says:

    If the country goes off the so-called “fiscal cliff”, funding for these budgetary issues will have to be stand alone matters and Republicans are in no mood to support the gay community. The gays are blamed for reelecting Obama and defeating Romney. No love lost.

  9. Mauigirl says:

    I think a whole bunch of social programs will be cut if we go off the so-called cliff. AND so will the military, which was supposed to be the stick to make the Republicans toe the line and come up with a solution in a bipartisan way.Thankfully for once it seems the Prez is holding firm – he doesn’t have to worry about being re-elected and knows the GOP has no leverage. Let’s hope he keeps seeing it that way.

  10. Fran says:

    In response to Maui Girl~ I would love to see the military take a huge financial hit. It is the elephant in the room why we have so many $ problems.

    Check out this chart:

    http://dailybail.com/home/chart-us-military-spending-vs-the-world.html

    The US spends 42.8% on military
    The next up is China @ 7.3 &
    the UK @ 3.7

    We overspend by far & any cuts are vehemently opposed.
    This cliff is fabricated– but would be difficult for LGBT communities, social services and higher education & research funding.

    Those bastards would not let go of tax cuts for the rich…. even after 12 long years of cuts.
    Why voters allow them to stay (even though they are the minority), is beyond me.
    Also– what happened to the Occupy movement? They seemed to have vanished for this election.
    Even thought the camp/occupation was not sustainable, the movement, I had hoped would have stayed active in different formats. We still are the 99% & we still need a voice.

  11. The number of religion-based crimes decreased to 1,233, 63 percent of which were directed against Jewish people and institutions. The combined number of anti-Catholic and anti-Protestant crimes totaled 111, less than 9 percent of the number of anti-gay hate crimes. Conservatives who oppose LGBT equality often attempt to insinuate that Christians are just as victimized as gays and lesbians, but this data significantly undermines that argument. In particular this year, the Family Research Council has been eager to blame the Southern Poverty Law Center’s “hate group” designation for the shooting that took place at its headquarters in August. However, after the LGBT victories in this year’s election, FRC reacted with violent rhetoric .

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