Just before Christmas, Congress passed the $1.7 trillion omnibus bill to fund the government. The 4,155 page spending bill includes $575,000 “for family planning/reproductive health, including in areas where population growth threatens biodiversity or endangered species” and $11 million for various LGBT projects.
The Washington Stand reports:
The earmarks laid out for LGBT-themed special interest projects in the omnibus spending bill include:
- $1.2 million for “LGBTQIA+ Pride Centers” at San Diego Community College
- $1 million for Zora’s Housein Ohio, a “coworking and community space” for “women and gender-expansive people of color”
- $3 million for the American LGBTQ+ Museum in New York City
- $1 million designated for “LGBT special services program as a part of the VAWA grant funding”
- $250,000 for “Our Lives Matter,” a gay rights law archive in Wisconsin
- $750,000 for the “TransLatin@ Coalition” to provide “workforce development programs and supportive services for Transgender and Gender nonconforming and Intersex (TGI) immigrant women in Los Angeles”
- $105,000 for a mentoring program for LGBT youth in the greater Pittsburg area
- $856,000 for an “LGBT Center” in New York
- $523,345 for Compass LGBT Youth and Social Services programing
- $113,520 for an LGBT Center of Greater Reading, Pa.
- $500,000 to establish a staff position for Special Advisor to Advance the Human Rights of LGBTQIA+ persons
- $1.5 million for an LGBT+ community center new home project in New York
- $750,000 for “LGBT and Gender Non-Conforming housing” in Albany, New York
Regrettably, 18 Republican Senators and 10 Republican House Representatives voted for the bill, including Washington’s Rep. Jaime Herrera Beutler.
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