LGBTQ groups voice opposition to AG candidate William Barr

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AG Nominee William Barr (Photo used under Creative Commons from Wikimedia)

AG Nominee William Barr
(Photo used under Creative Commons from Wikimedia)

WASHINGTON — A coalition of LGBTQ organizations issued a statement today about their opposition to U.S. Attorney General nominee William Barr.

Barr was nominated for Attorney General in December, a full month after previous AG was fired. Confirmation hearings started on Tuesday.

An open letter, sent by Lambda Legal and signed by 32 organization. called on Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Lindsey Graham and Ranking Member Dianne Feinstein urging them to oppose President Trump’s nominee for Attorney General, William Barr. The letter was authored by Lambda Legal and signed by multiple national, state, and local LGBT organizations.

“William Barr has made clear that he is eager to pick up where Jeff Sessions left off in his quest to transform the Department of Justice from a guardian of civil rights into a weapon of discrimination and bigotry,” said Sharon McGowan, Legal Director and Chief Strategy Officer at Lambda Legal and former senior official in the Civil Rights Division of the U.S. Department of Justice. “As Attorney General under George H.W. Bush, Barr defended what CBS News described as ‘the world’s first and only detention camp for refugees with HIV’ and just a few weeks ago, Barr ‘saluted’ Jeff Sessions for his efforts to nullify legal protections for LGBT people. The Department of Justice needs new leadership to get it back in the business of defending civil rights and equal justice under law for all people. William Barr, through his own words and actions, has proven himself unworthy for this important role.”

The full letter can be found here: https://www.lambdalegal.org/sites/default/files/legal-docs/downloads/20190114_lgbt-organizations-opposition-to-william-barr.pdf.

The organizations include:

Lambda Legal

AIDS United

American Atheists

Athlete Ally

Basic Rights Oregon

CenterLink: The Community of LGBT Centers

Equality California

Equality New Mexico

Equality North Carolina

Equality Ohio

Equality Texas

EqualityMaine

FORGE, Inc.

Garden State Equality

GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBTQ Equality

In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda

Los Angeles LGBT Center

Mazzoni Center

National Council of Jewish Women

National Center for Lesbian Rights

National Center for Transgender Equality

National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund

One Colorado

OutServe-SLDN

Positive Women’s Network-USA

Reframe Health and Justice

Secular Coalition for America

Sexuality Information and Education Council of the United States (SIECUS)

South Carolina Equality

The National LGBT Bar Association

The Trevor Project

Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund

Whitman-Walker Health

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