S.1073: Protecting LGBTQ Youth Act
The Protecting LGBTQ Youth Act amends The Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (CAPTA), which sets standards for defining and reporting child abuse and provides states with federal funding for the investigation, prosecution and treatment of abuse, to extend protections to LGBTQ+ youth who are at risk of, or who have suffered child abuse. The bill text explicitly names protections for “sexual orientation and gender identity” and “lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender youth.”
The Act calls on government agencies to research effective ways to protect LGBTQ+ youth from abuse and neglect, expand demographic information collected in child abuse reports to include sexual orientation and gender identity data, and train personnel to meet the unique needs of LGBTQ+ youth.
The House version of this bill is H.R. 2775.View Full Overview
- The National Assembly is committed to fostering a culture of diversity, equity, and inclusion. The National Assembly envisions equity as the condition in which differences among people have no influence on how they fare in society.
- Equity is advanced through the implementation of policies, practices, attitudes, and cultural messages that prevent differential outcomes based on the differences among people. This requires a continuous reevaluation of norms, and a commitment to eliminating policies, practices, and systems that perpetuate inequity, so that all people are fully welcomed, valued, respected, and heard.
- The National Assembly supports S. 1073/H.R. 2775, legislation that removes systemic barriers for equity and safety for LGBTQ+ youth, and will increase access to essential services that increase well-being and help them thrive.