Intended as condemnation, the result was attention to critical needs. Representative Chip Roy did the LGBT community a favor by highlighting several projects in the 4,155-page, $1.7 trillion 2023 federal Omnibus appropriations. 

While the Texas Republican called the earmarks “terrible” and “ridiculous,” those who requested them celebrated the bill’s passing.

“So proud to support LGBTQ+ students!!,” tweeted Representative Sara Jacobs (D-CA).

“I’m proud these funds will be used to purchase new space that will house LGBTQ seniors and provide vital services,” tweeted former Representative Mondaire Jones (D-NY).

Here is a list of the LGBT-related earmarks in the 2023 Omnibus:

Division E: A $250,000 earmark for Our Lives Media, Inc. of Madison, Wisconsin. Requested by Representative Mark Pocan (D-WI), the earmark commissions a National Archives and Records Administration grant in the name of the late Dick Wagner, who authored the state’s first gay rights law. This appropriation goes to the Financial Services and General Government Appropriations.

Division H: A $523,345 earmark for Compass LGBTQ Youth and Family Services of Lake Worth Beach, Florida. Requested by Representative Shelia Cherfilus-McCormick (D-FL), the project funds behavioral health and wraparound services.  This appropriation goes to the Department of Health and Human Services under an account titled, Substance Use and Mental Health Services Administration.

Division H: A $105,000 earmark for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Pittsburgh. Requested by Senator Bob Casey (D-PA), the earmark funds a mentoring program for LGBTQ youth. This appropriation goes to the Department of Health and Human Services under an account titled, Administration for Children and Families.

Division H: A $500,000 earmark for Long Island Gay and Lesbian Youth, Inc. of Hauppauge, New York. Requested by Representative Thomas Suozzi (D-NY) and Senators Chuck Schumer (D-NY) and Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), the project is for substance use prevention and mental health services for youth. This appropriation goes to the Department of Health and Human Services under an account titled, Substance Use and Mental Health Services Administration.

Division H: A $750,000 earmark for the [email protected] Coalition of Los Angeles. Requested by Representative Jimmy Gomez (D-CA), the project provides case management for professional development, English as second language courses, legal services and more to help transgender and intersex individuals successfully enter the workforce. This appropriation goes to the Department of Labor under an account titled, Employment and Training Administration.

Division H: A $113,520 earmark for the LGBT Center of Greater Reading, Pennsylvania. Requested by Representative Chrissy Houlahan (D-PA), the project provides wraparound services and support for at-risk youth. This appropriation goes to the Department of Education under an account titled, Elementary and Secondary Education.

Division H: A $1.2 million earmark for the San Diego Community College District. Requested by Representative Sara Jacobs (D-CA), the project funds centers in the district to support LGBT studies. This appropriation goes to the Department of Education under an account titled, Higher Education.

Division L: A $1.5 million earmark for the LOFT LGBTQ+ Center of White Plains, New York. Requested by Representative Mondaire Jones (D-NY), the earmark funds the community center’s New Home Project. This appropriation goes to the Department of Housing and Urban Development under an account titled, Community Development Fund.

Division L: A $3 million earmark for the New York Historical Society. Requested by Representative Jerry Nadler (D-NY), the earmark funds the organization’s American LGBTQ+ Museum Partnership Project. This appropriation goes to the Department of Housing and Urban Development under an account titled, Community Development Fund.

Division L: A $750,000 earmark for In Our Own Voices, Inc. of Albany, New York. Requested by Representative Paul Tonko (D-NY), the project provides transitional housing and services for LGBT and gender non-conforming people of color. This appropriation goes to the Department of Housing and Urban Development under an account titled, Community Development Fund.

Division K: A $500,000 earmark for the special advisor to advance the human rights of LGBTQI+ persons. This appropriation goes to the State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor under an account titled, Administration of Foreign Affairs and Diplomatic Programs.

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