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One Million Kids for Equality Comments on Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act

Seattle, WA (July 12, 2018)– Yesterday the U.S. House of Representatives’ Appropriations Committee passed the Child Welfare Inclusion Act (CWIA) bill that allows Federally funded adoption agencies to refuse LGBTQ+ families based on religious convictions. This bill would amend the 2019 funding bill for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education. This is in addition to the Health and Human Services Proposed Rule to remove LGBTQ+ and Native identity data from AFCARS.

In the text of the bill, the purpose reads, “To prohibit governmental entities from discriminating or taking an adverse action against a child welfare service provider on the basis that the provider declines to provide a child welfare service that conflicts, or under circumstances that conflict, with the sincerely held religious beliefs or moral convictions of the provider.” This means that adoption agencies can refuse service to anyone and cite religious beliefs as the basis for their refusal.

We, One Million Kids for Equality, condemn this heinous move by the House of Representatives Committee and recognize that it is nothing but another attack on the LGBTQ+ community. Not only will this affect LGBTQ+ individuals who wish to adopt, but it will also affect foster children in the adoption system. According to an ACLU study on foster care, more than 500,000 children are in foster care and of that 100,000 need adopted. However, only about 20,000 will be adopted. Lifelong Adoptions’ statistics estimate nearly 2 million LGBTQ+ couples are interested in adopting, but with the passage of this amendment, that number will be greatly impacted. We are in the middle of a foster care crisis and our Government is about to make it worse. The House of Representatives is making a clear statement that the needs of children in foster care is not their main concern, but rather, that they care more about strengthening their religious agenda through discrimination against the LGBTQ+ community. The passage of the bill is completely unacceptable and goes against what we stand for as a country.

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One Million Kids for Equality Comments on Child Welfare Provider Inclusion Act

Published on Windy City Times

From a press release
2018-07-12

Seattle, WA ( July 12, 2018 )- Yesterday the U.S. House of Representatives’ Appropriations Committee passed the Child Welfare Inclusion Act ( CWIA ) bill that allows Federally funded adoption agencies to refuse LGBTQ+ families based on religious convictions. This bill would amend the 2019 funding bill for the Departments of Labor, Health and Human Services, and Education. This is in addition to the Health and Human Services Proposed Rule to remove LGBTQ+ and Native identity data from AFCARS.
In the text of the bill, the purpose reads, “To prohibit governmental entities from discriminating or taking an adverse action against a child welfare service provider on the basis that the provider declines to provide a child welfare service that conflicts, or under circumstances that conflict, with the sincerely held religious beliefs or moral convictions of the provider.” This means that adoption agencies can refuse service to anyone and cite religious beliefs as the basis for their refusal.

We, One Million Kids for Equality, condemn this heinous move by the House of Representatives Committee and recognize that it is nothing but another attack on the LGBTQ+ community. Not only will this affect LGBTQ+ individuals who wish to adopt, but it will also affect foster children in the adoption system. According to an ACLU study on foster care, more than 500,000 children are in foster care and of that 100,000 need adopted. However, only about 20,000 will be adopted. Lifelong Adoptions’ statistics estimate nearly 2 million LGBTQ+ couples are interested in adopting, but with the passage of this amendment, that number will be greatly impacted. We are in the middle of a foster care crisis and our Government is about to make it worse. The House of Representatives is making a clear statement that the needs of children in foster care is not their main concern, but rather, that they care more about strengthening their religious agenda through discrimination against the LGBTQ+ community. The passage of the bill is completely unacceptable and goes against what we stand for as a country.

One Million Kids for Equality Announces Curtis Galloway as New Executive Director

LGBTQ Youth Equality Nonprofit names former youth board member to be the face of organization.

June 14, 2018 (Seattle, WA) — On January 29, 2018, One Million Kids for Equality (OMK) announced the appointment of Curtis Galloway as its next Executive Director, and has now fully transitioned into the role. Curtis joined the OMK Executive Leadership Board in August of 2015, after working in coalition with the organization to ban conversion therapy in Illinois.

“Since the formation of our organization, Curtis has been instrumental in the development of our mission and ideology. His proven track record for youth advocacy, in alignment with his diligent work ethic, makes his move to Executive Director the natural evolution for our organization.” Brad Delaney, President, OMK.

“Curtis is a living witness to the trails and daily struggle for basic survivor of today’s LGBTQ youth. With him spearheading our organization, we hope that these young people find a leader to reach out to and speak for them.” Sahel Chen, South Central Regional Director, OMK.

As an existing board member, Curtis recognizes One Million Kids’ mission and how to effectively communicate and execute that mission with the organization’s stakeholders. As a vocal survivor of conversion therapy who testified to the Illinois legislature about his experience, Curtis intrinsically understands the power of the personal story to improve the lives of youth.

“Conversion therapy was a turning point in my life. Not only did it affect every aspect of my life at the time, but the trauma I experienced while in it has fueled my passion for LGBTQ activism. I always say that I am thankful that I went through conversion therapy and not someone else in my place because I was strong enough to become a survivor. Others may not have been as fortunate. The fight against conversion therapy is one of the many reasons I am proud to be taking on this role as the first Executive Director of One Million Kids for Equality. I have experienced the struggle of being a queer youth; and, I realize that there are so many issues faced by other queer youth. I will continue to fight for equality and love, not just to stop conversion therapy, but for our Youth of Color, our trans youth, and all other queer youth who need a voice and an organization they can turn to.” Curtis Galloway, December 13, 2017.

Curtis earned leadership experience in his role as co-president of the Monmouth College LGBTQ student organization, key testifier against conversion therapy in the Illinois Government, and as Marketing manager of the Chatillon-DeMenil House Foundation. Curtis has dedicated his life to serving the LGBTQ community and allies in not only his home State of Illinois and Missouri but Nationwide. A more detailed biography can be found on the OMK website at www.onemillionkids.org.

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