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GMHC's Statement on Congress Shamefully Blocking LGBT Protections








May 26, 2016
Contact: Anthony Hayes | 917-601-0410 |


New York, New York - GMHC released the following statement after members of the House of Representative blocked legislation that would prohibit federal contractors from discriminating against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.

Politico reported that members of Congress "blocked passage of a relatively uncontroversial energy and water spending measure after Democrats attached an amendment that would bar federal contractors from discriminating against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people."


It's disturbing, and even worse no longer surprising, that House Republicans are willing to hold up critical infrastructure projects for no other reason than they want to allow continued discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people under the law.  The fact that a major political party is declaring --- in 2016 -- that the right to discriminate trumps the basic functioning of government, and worse could allow the federal government to enter into contracts that discriminate against LGBT Americans is a glaring reminder that our fight for full equality and inclusion is far from over.   

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