Los Angeles LGBT Center Responds to President Trump’s Proposed Budget Cuts That Will Devastate LGBT People - Los Angeles LGBT Center

Los Angeles LGBT Center Responds to President Trump’s Proposed Budget Cuts That Will Devastate LGBT People

May 23, 2017
Contact: Gil Diaz

In response to President Donald J. Trump’s proposed budget for 2018 unveiled today, the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s Director of Policy and Community Building Dave Garcia issued the following statement:

“President Trump's slash-and-burn budget proposal includes massive and devastating cuts to programs that LGBT people rely on for their health and well being.

“The proposal guts Medicaid—the health care program for seniors, people with disabilities, and those earning below a living wage—by approximately $1 trillion. About half of the clients that come to the Center for health services depend on Medicaid to receive services that they could otherwise not afford. Now, President Trump is putting their lives—and the lives of millions of others—at risk.

“The proposal also completely eliminates federal funding for Planned Parenthood and reduces funding for HIV/STD prevention services by $186 million. In addition, the budget proposal includes massive cuts to programs that provide financial assistance to people with disabilities and services for those dealing with substance use and mental health issues.

“The proposed funding cuts demonstrate a reckless disregard for essential programs and will have a hugely disproportionate and devastating impact on LGBT people. We are more likely to live in poverty, particularly women, people of color, youth, seniors, parents, survivors of domestic violence, and transgender people. Without these essential services that are part of our nation’s social safety net, too many LGBT people will experience higher rates of homelessness, have a growing number of healthcare problems, and fall deeper into poverty.”

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Since 1969 the Los Angeles LGBT Center has cared for, championed, and celebrated LGBT individuals and families in Los Angeles and beyond. Today the Center's nearly 800 employees provide services for more LGBT people than any other organization in the world, offering programs, services, and global advocacy that span four broad categories: Health, Social Services and Housing, Culture and Education, Leadership and Advocacy. We are an unstoppable force in the fight against bigotry and the struggle to build a better world; a world in which LGBT people thrive as healthy, equal, and complete members of society. Learn more at lalgbtcenter.org.

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