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:
Basic Rights Oregon
CenterLink: The Community of LGBT Centers
Equality New Mexico
Equality North Carolina
Garden State Equality
GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBTQ Equality
In Our Own Voice: National Black Women’s Reproductive Justice Agenda
Los Angeles LGBT Center
National Council of Jewish Women
National Center for Lesbian Rights
National Center for Transgender Equality
National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund
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