Task Force Applauds Implementation of New Violence Against Women Act LGBT Non-Discrimination Provisions

National LGBTQ Task Force Blog

This week, the U.S. Department of Justice released “Frequently Asked Questions” about the new LGBT-inclusive non-discrimination provisions in the Violence Against Women Act. The Task Force was instrumental in getting these protections written in to law – the first federal law to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. The Task Force then led a coalition of organizations to submit comprehensive recommendations to the Department of Justice on how to effectively implement the recommendations.

The 11-page FAQ document outlines the requirements for grantees under the law. In general, the FAQs are very strong and reflect many of the recommendations the Task Force and our coalition partners put forth last year. Some of the highlights are:

  • If a grantee receives any amount of funding from the Department of Justice’s Office of Justice Programs, all activities of that provider are covered by the non-discrimination mandate, including…

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