The Republicans are reluctant to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act this year.
Because nondiscrimination against lesbians is included in the bill.
The poet Adrienne Rich, who died this past month at the age of 82 and who raised three sons before adopting an exclusively lesbian orientation, wrote the following about lesbian experience in the Forward to her 1983 book, Compulsory Heterosexuality and Lesbian Existence:
The lesbian, unless in disguise, faces discrimination in hiring and harassment and violence in the street.
Evil energies directed at lesbians has been a social problem for millenia. Contemporary society can fix it. Yet 21st century Republicans still won’t support lesbian nondiscrimination.