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NBJC report notes gov't's impact on Black LGBTQs
2018-10-10

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The National Black Justice Coalition ( NBJC ) released a comprehensive "2018 NBJC Federal Government Report Card," outlining the performance of all three branches of the federal government on a number of issues relevant to Black LGBTQ and same-gender-loving ( SGL ) people.

The Sept. 26 release coincided with the NBJC's Issue Advocacy Day, when copies of the report were shared with elected officials and their staff on Capitol Hill to raise awareness of the policies discussed in the report.

Key items in the report card include:

—The Trump administration's dismissal of all members of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS;

—The Trump administration's executive order citing "religious freedom" as a license to discriminate against LGBTQ/SGL parents;

—The Trump administration's rescinding of past guidance that protected transgender students by civil rights laws;

—The Supreme Court ruling on Masterpiece Cakeshop v. Colorado Civil Rights Commission—a ruling that the NBJC says opens the door to discrimination against LGBTQ/SGL people; and

—A grade chart outlining every member of Congress' vote on various pieces of legislation, including the American Healthcare Act of 2018, Betsy Devos' confirmation and the Affordable Care Act Repeal. ( The only Illinois politicians to earn A's are U.S. Rep. Danny Davis and U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin. )

The report card is also divided into a number of areas, including health and wellness policies, family and relationship recognition, criminal-justice reform, housing and more. ( The report card gives the Trump administration a grade of "F" in each of those areas. )

The 78-page report is at nbjc.org/media-center/releases/nbjc-releases-federal-government-report-card .

Related: www.windycitymediagroup.com/lgbt/Scathing-Report-Card-Shows-Governments-Performance-on-Black-LGBTQ-People/64229.html .


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