Does the Violence Against Women Act Protect Women or LGBT communities from violence?

By: Jason Lydon*/TRT Columnist–

The majority of the LGBT press is currently heralding the Violence Against Women Act as an essential piece of legislation for our community, and even patting U.S. Sen. Scott Brown on the back for his support, but I want us to look a bit more closely. Firstly, it must be abundantly clear to all of us that violence against women is a serious problem that compromises our capacity to be truly human. Gender-based violence, domestic violence, sexual assault, stalking and other systemic patterns of control by one person over another are all issues that deeply affect our LGBTQ communities and they require our whole-hearted attention and commitment to action. However, is the Violence Against Women Act the way to solve these problems?

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