LGBTQ groups raise concerns to GLAAD over constitutional amendment support

TheHill | 8/23/2019 | John Bowden
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Several LGBTQ organizations wrote a letter to GLAAD's president urging the group to abandon public support for passing an amendment enshrining rights for women, people of color, LGBTQ Americans and people with disabilities in the Constitution.

HuffPost reported Friday that a letter signed by the Human Rights Campaign, National LGBTQ Task Force, National Center for Transgender Equality and others urges GLAAD President Sarah Kate Ellis to cease its support for an amendment campaign and instead engage with local advocacy groups to support their efforts.

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“While we certainly believe that the challenges facing the LGBTQ community require bold action, we also believe that advancing an amendment campaign is a harmful approach to our community,” reads the letter.

“GLAAD’s campaign has lacked meaningful engagement with the broader movement representing the LGBTQ community ― particularly state and national organizations that would be responsible for doing the work to pass such an amendment ― and presents a serious risk to the community’s work at the state and federal level," it continued.

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The letter calls an the Equal Rights Coalition's amendment campaign an "arduous" task for which national and local LGBTQ organizations are ill-prepared.

GLAAD responded in its own lengthy statement to HuffPost, writing that the organization would consider "any option that protects LGBTQ people from the rampant discrimination that exists" in society but added that the organization had no plans for "public pushes around...
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