Celebrities and activists band together to advocate for LGBTQ adoption

A hearing on Capitol Hill covered discrimination against LGBTQ parents, children in the foster care system and the adoption process.
2:59 | 05/17/19

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Hey there ABC news viewers I'm Lana is that coming to you from the senate nor are about to head into a hearing about. Foster care and the problems that I'll DD TQ families prospective adoptive parents. And children face in trying to navigate a system in which ten states. Still allow legal discrimination. Christopher sharp describes himself as an alumna of the Foster care system and Texas a Foster care system that tried to torture the gay out of him. Here. He. It's. Two years. He mom her. Yeah. You it's. Our way. Home. Quality okay. Evil is. It's. Christopher and others on the panel sharing their personal stories. All in support of the every child deserves a family act. It would prevent federal funded agencies from discriminating based on religion marital status or sexual orientation. When it comes to adoptions or Foster care one of those nontraditional families Alex mop up an actor and comedian. There are 400000 kids in the Foster care system at any one given time 100000 of those kids are up for adoption nobody wants them over the age of three nobody wants the boy that African American yanks continuing dots is an African Americans thought I'd hate agent my husband is white my son is black we looked like the last two minutes from its a small world. Star power coming from queer eye host co Ramo brown. Who faced difficulty when trying to adopt the half brother of his biological son he wanted to abdicate for other families like kids. The state is saying to me because I am a single man because Brian Gay and that there are issues here. So let me just make sure Anderson again this is it your biological sons brought rather yeah right you're already there already have family already have. Them the biological mother supports. You having him and bringing him into and see your family officially yet but the state does. It's that different than any time you allow someone to discriminate against. Giving a child the opportunity that every child deserves its at a similar child deserves. Love it it's important it's. If this is not something that we should be arguing. There are a 120000. Kids waiting for adoption LG BTQ families and heterosexual singles who want to open their homes to a child. Who find that the system in so many cases discriminates against them. Julie Cruz works with the Stanley equality council she's hoping that the legislation will be picked up and passed at some point. And she says the need is so urgent reporting from the capitol I'm Lana Zack and you're watching ABC news lives.

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