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May 5, 2017

SAGE: LGBT elders threatened by Trump’s ‘license to discriminate’ executive order

LGBT Weekly
By Steve Lee
Services and Advocacy for GLBT Elders (SAGE), America’s oldest and largest non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender older adults, has called out President Trump’s  ‘Religious Freedom’ executive order as dangerously “setting the table for future government-supported religious discrimination  against LGBT people, especially our elders.”

The executive order gives Attorney General Jeff Sessions, a long-time opponent of LGBT equality, sweeping discretion to authorize religious-based discrimination in all federal agencies, threatening a dramatic expansion of religious exemptions in federally funded services and programs. It would also allow religious organizations lobbying for the right to discriminate a different set of rules that favor them. SAGE is one of many secular non-profits that opposes discrimination and will now be forced to operate on an unfair playing field.SAGE CEO Michael Adams said, “Anti-LGBT religious leaders and denominations are aggressively lobbying the federal government to authorize religious-based discrimination against LGBT people, including elders who rely on federally funded services. SAGE was founded to fight that discrimination, which LGBT elders face every day. We will do everything in our power to fight efforts by the Trump Administration to facilitate religious-based discrimination against our older community members, who have fought for decades for the equality that we have gradually won.”According to SAGE, LGBT elders have every reason to be deeply concerned by the Trump Administration’s attempt to favor religious voices over all others. Tragically, religious-based discrimination too often forces LGBT elders who need care and services back into “the closet” in order to protect themselves from mistreatment.This forced self-erasure of LGBT elders, combined with a recent Trump Administration plan to erase LGBT elders from a critically important federal survey on who receives government-funded elder services, represents a dangerous threat to LGBT elders.

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