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S. 1497: Protecting LGBTQ Youth Act


The text of the bill below is as of Apr 29, 2021 (Introduced).


II

117th CONGRESS

1st Session

S. 1497

IN THE SENATE OF THE UNITED STATES

April 29, 2021

(for himself and Ms. Baldwin) introduced the following bill; which was read twice and referred to the Committee on Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions

A BILL

To amend the Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act to ensure protections for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer youth and their families.

1.

Short title

This Act may be cited as the Protecting LGBTQ Youth Act.

2.

Amendments to CAPTA

The Child Abuse Prevention and Treatment Act (42 U.S.C. 5101 et seq.) is amended—

(1)

in section 104 (42 U.S.C. 5105)—

(A)

in subsection (a)—

(i)

in paragraph (1)—

(I)

by redesignating subparagraphs (N) and (O) as subparagraphs (O) and (P), respectively;

(II)

by inserting after subparagraph (M) the following:

(N)

child abuse and neglect issues facing lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer youth and families, including providing recommendations for improving the collection of data at the Federal, State, and local levels to better identify young people who may be at risk of, or experiencing, child abuse or neglect because of their sexual orientation or gender identity;

;

(III)

in subparagraph (O), as so redesignated, by striking subparagraph (O) and inserting subparagraph (P); and

(IV)

in clause (ix) of subparagraph (P), as so redesignated, by inserting (including sexual orientation and gender identity) after sex; and

(ii)

in paragraph (2), by striking paragraph (1)(O) and inserting paragraph (1)(P); and

(B)

in subsection (b)(1), by inserting or lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer youth after children with disabilities;

(2)

in section 105(a)(1)(E) (42 U.S.C. 5106(a)(1)(E)), by inserting and lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer youth after children with disabilities;

(3)

in section 106(d)(1) (42 U.S.C. 5106a(d)(1)), by inserting , disaggregated by demographic characteristics such as age, sex (including sexual orientation and gender identity), race, family structure, household relationship, school enrollment and education attainment, disability, grandparents as caregivers, labor force status, work status in previous year, and income in previous year before the period;

(4)

in section 107 (42 U.S.C. 5106c)—

(A)

in subsection (a)—

(i)

by redesignating paragraphs (3) and (4) as paragraphs (4) and (5), respectively; and

(ii)

by inserting after paragraph (2) the following:

(3)

the assessment and investigation of cases involving lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer youth who are suspected victims of child abuse or neglect;

;

(B)

in subsection (b)(5), by striking paragraphs (1) through (3) and inserting paragraphs (1) through (4); and

(C)

in subsection (c)(1)—

(i)

by redesignating subparagraphs (G) through (J) as subparagraphs (H) through (K), respectively; and

(ii)

by inserting after subparagraph (F) the following:

(G)

individuals experienced in working with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer youth and families;

;

(5)

in section 201(b)(1)(G) (42 U.S.C. 5116(b)(1)(G)), by inserting (including lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer youth and families) before the semicolon;

(6)

in section 202 (42 U.S.C. 5116a)—

(A)

in paragraph (2)—

(i)

in subparagraph (A), by inserting and families with other vulnerable youth, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer youth before the semicolon; and

(ii)

in subparagraph (B), by striking and public sector and private nonprofit sector service providers, and parents with disabilities and inserting public sector and private nonprofit sector service providers, parents with disabilities, and parents of other vulnerable youth, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer youth; and

(B)

in paragraph (3)—

(i)

in subparagraph (C), by striking ; and and inserting a semicolon;

(ii)

in subparagraph (D), by striking the period and inserting ; and; and

(iii)

by adding at the end the following:

(E)

will integrate its efforts with individuals and organizations experienced in working in partnership with families with vulnerable youth, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer youth, and with the child abuse and neglect prevention activities of the State, and demonstrate a financial commitment to those activities.

; and

(7)

in section 206(4) (42 U.S.C. 5116f(4)), by striking and parents with disabilities and inserting parents with disabilities, and families with other vulnerable youth, including lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer youth.