November 03, 2017
November 21, 2017
A second federal judge blocks enforcement of the Trump-Pence administration’s ban on military service by transgender troops. The decision by U.S. District Judge Marvin J. Gabris in Maryland came just hours before oral arguments in a third case challenging the unconstitutional ban, and also explicitly affirms the right of transgender troops to access medically-necessary care.
The third case, filed by Lambda Legal and OutServe-SLDN, was brought in Seattle on behalf of two individuals who seek to join the military and one current service member who seeks appointment as an officer; as well as HRC; the American Military Partner Association (AMPA); and Gender Justice League, a gender and sexuality civil and human rights organization headquartered in Seattle.
December 01, 2017
Trump issued a proclamation for World AIDS Day, failing to mention high-risk communities, including the LGBTQ people and people of color. And, in keeping with the Trump-Pence Administration’s failure to lead on global health and human rights, Secretary Tillerson cancelled planned remarks about World AIDS Day amidst swirling rumors he is being ousted.
December 02, 2017
In the early morning hours, Senate Republicans passed the Trump-Pence “tax” scheme bill that includes provisions to undermine the ACA and threatens programs critical to LGBTQ people. The Senate version of the bill repeals the program’s individual mandate that could result in 13 million people leaving the insurance market, causing premiums to soar and leave millions more priced out of access to healthcare. Furthermore, the revenue losses triggered by the bill are likely to result in future spending cuts to critical health programs like Medicare, Medicaid, global HIV/AIDS programs, the Ryan White Care Act, and other essential domestic discretionary programs.
December 04, 2017
Trump unequivocally endorsed anti-LGBTQ sexual predator Roy Moore for the U.S. Senate. Trump also tweeted his opposition to Doug Jones, cementing his endorsement of Moore, the disgraced former Alabama judge and child molester. While Moore has spent his entire life acting as though he is above the law, Jones has spent his life upholding the law and the rights of all people. HRC has proudly endorsed Jones, the pro-equality leader Alabamians deserve.
December 05, 2017
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders made the startling admission that Trump agreed with the position articulated before the Supreme Court by his solicitor general, Noel Francisco, that businesses should be allowed to hang signs that say they won’t serve LGBTQ customers. The shameful announcement came shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case in which a baker turned away a same-sex couple. The case, which will be decided by next June, will either protect the fundamental equality of LGBTQ people — or it could set a dangerous precedent giving businesses a license to discriminate.
At its core, this case is a cynical effort to manipulate the First Amendment in order to provide a license to discriminate against LGBTQ people and our families.
– HRC President Chad Griffin
December 11, 2017
A federal court in Seattle ordered an immediate halt to the Trump administration’s discriminatory plan to ban transgender people from serving openly in the U.S. Armed Services. The ruling came in the lawsuit brought by Lambda Legal and OutServe-SLDN challenging the ban and prevents the ban from being implemented while the case proceeds.
December 13, 2017
HRC claimed victory as Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley announced that Jeff Mateer, a radical anti-LGBTQ judicial nominee, would not be confirmed for a seat on the federal bench. For months, HRC worked diligently to expose his shameful anti-LGBTQ rhetoric and the danger his nomination posed to our judicial system.
HRC and artist Robin Bell projected the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) banned words onto the side of the Trump International Hotel in Washington, DC. The display came on the heels of a Washington Post’s report that the Trump-Pence administration banned the use of seven words -- "transgender," "fetus," "vulnerable," "entitlement," "diversity," "evidence-based" and "science-based” -- by the CDC.
December 22, 2017
Trump signed into law a $1.5 trillion tax-scam bill that was carefully crafted to undermine the ACA and other vital health care programs. Republican leadership rushed the partisan bill through both chambers of Congress in less than 24 hours and didn’t receive a single vote from Democratic lawmakers.
December 27, 2017
January 18, 2018
The Trump-Pence administration launched the “Division of Conscience and Religious Freedom” at HHS, which could enable discrimination against LGBTQ people, women, and others. The creation of the unnecessary new division will likely promote a license to discriminate and divert needed enforcement resources and encourages discrimination against LGBTQ people.
Trump's Record of Hate
Since Trump was sworn into office, our nation’s federal courts have halted his draconian and illegal executive actions from being implemented, while millions of people across the country have become more politically engaged, standing up against hate and bigotry.
But Trump is a bully and so is his administration. He will do everything in his power to tear back the progress made under former President Obama, including rolling back and undermining laws that help the LGBTQ community and other minority groups.
HRC will continue to stand up against Trump. We will join other civil rights organizations and remain vigilant in holding Trump and his administration accountable at every turn.