#AM_Equality: April 27, 2020

by HRC Staff

Trump-Pence admin moves to undermine LGBTQ non-discrim protections in health care; D.C. gay men’s chorus sings “Waving Through a Window”

AMID GLOBAL PANDEMIC, TRUMP-PENCE ADMIN MOVES TO UNDERMINE LGBTQ NON-DISCRIMINATION PROTECTIONS IN HEALTH CARE: According to Politico, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is one step closer to finalizing a major change to the federal regulation implementing the civil rights provision, Section 1557, of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to remove explicit protections for LGBTQ people in health care programs and activities by excluding protections from discrimination based on sex stereotyping and gender identity. More from HRC.

Nearly 320,000 transgender adults in the U.S. are at risk of serious COVID-19 illness. We must ensure that public health efforts to mitigate this crisis account for the trans and non-binary community. More from Metro Weekly.

“News flash Mr. President — we get sick, we need health care and we should be protected under law.  Time after time, the Trump-Pence administration has methodically worked to undermine the rights and welfare of LGBTQ people by rolling back existing protections. Amid a global pandemic — which is already disproportionately affecting LGBTQ people — the Trump administration’s efforts to remove existing non-discrimination protections for the LGBTQ community is unacceptable, blatantly offensive and cruel,” said HRC President Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid). “We cannot accept an administration that continues to treat us like second class citizens. We will fight this policy & fight to get a pro-equality President into office this November who represents all of us.” 

MUST WATCH MONDAY -- GAY MEN’S CHORUS OF WASHINGTON RELEASES NEW PERFORMANCE TO SHARE HOPE DURING COVID-19: Watch the powerful performance of “Waving Through a Window” from Dear Evan Hansen below, and read more at The Advocate.

THURSDAY -- HRC TO HOST DISCUSSION IN SPANISH REGARDING LATINX GAY AND BI+ MEN AND COVID-19: Register at hrc.im/COVIDLatinx

CHICAGO PRIDE POSTPONED DUE TO COVID-19: More from The Advocate.

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CELEBRATE QUEER LATINX COMMUNITIES BY WATCHING VIDA: The groundbreaking show premiered its third and final season last night. More from The Advocate.

GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS

GROUNDBREAKING COURT CASE IN CHINA REGARDING CUSTODY FOR CHILDREN OF A SAME-SEX COUPLE: The court has accepted the case of two mothers who have ended their relationship and are now fighting for custody rights over their children. More from Reuters.

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