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Photos: VAWA Rally on Capitol Hill

HRC’s Karin Quimby participated in a rally on Capitol Hill today in support of an LGBT-inclusive Violence Against Women Act (VAWA). A strong, bipartisan version of VAWA passed the Senate in April with a 68-31 vote. Unfortunately, the House went on to place politics ahead of domestic violence victims, and passed a version of VAWA that excluded, among others, LGBT victims of domestic violence by a 222-205 vote.

The Senate bill takes into account the lessons learned from VAWA stakeholders. It includes three important provisions that ensure LGBT victims of domestic violence are included in the bill. The bill explicitly includes LGBT victims in two key VAWA grant programs. It also prohibits any program or activity funded by the bill from discriminating against a victim based on their actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity. Among those on the Hill today advocating for an inclusive VAWA were singer Michael Bolton, Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Congresswoman Judy Biggert (R-IL) and Congresswoman Gwen Moore (D-WI).

Check out some photos from the event:

Photos by Jessie Sheffield/HRC

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