Trump-Pence admin proposes eliminating key LGBTQ non-discrimination protections in health care; HRC marks Pansexual Visibility Day.
TRUMP-PENCE ADMINISTRATION ANNOUNCES PLAN TO ELIMINATE IMPORTANT LGBTQ NON-DISCRIMINATION PROTECTIONS IN HEALTH CARE: The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is proposing a major change to the administrative rule interpreting Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) to remove explicit protections for LGBTQ people in healthcare programs and activities by excluding protections from discrimination based on sex stereotyping and gender identity. “The administration puts LGBTQ people at greater risk of being denied necessary and appropriate health care solely based on their sexual orientation or gender identity,” said HRC Government Affairs Director David Stacy (@david_stacy). Read more from HRC and The New York Times.
Quite literally the definition of cruel and evil. Our leaders should be making it easier for children in need of a loving home to find one, not trying to find new ways to license discrimination. This is unconscionable and an attack on families. https://t.co/k0m9MfnTt8— Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin) May 24, 2019
LAST WEEK, HRC’S CHARLOTTE CLYMER SPOKE OUT ON THE TRUMP-PENCE ADMINISTRATION’S ONGOING ATTACKS ON LGBTQ UNDOCUMENTED IMMIGRANTS AND ASYLUM SEEKERS. Clymer (@cmclymer) spoke at the National Press Club in DC. More from HRC.
Charlotte Clymer of @HRC explains that Roxsana’s death is not an isolated incident. It’s a symptom of widespread white supremacy, xenophobia, and transphobia. #Justice4Roxsana pic.twitter.com/LFq9TedBgX— TransgenderLawCenter (@TransLawCenter) May 23, 2019
HRC SUBMITS PUBLIC COMMENTS ON LGBTQ IMMIGRANTS IN DETENTION: Last week, HRC responded to a request for public comments to the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights concerning the state of immigrant detention centers and the treatment of immigrants. More from HRC.
THE SUPREME COURT DECLINES TO HEAR A CHALLENGE TO THE THIRD CIRCUIT COURT OF APPEALS’ DECISION UPHOLDING THE BOYERTOWN, PENN. AREA SCHOOL DISTRICT’S POLICY THAT TRANSGENDER STUDENTS MAY USE THE RESTROOM CONSISTENT WITH THEIR GENDER IDENTITY: Read more from The Morning Call.
HRC CELEBRATES PANSEXUAL VISIBILITY DAY: Read more from HRC.
Bisexual, pansexual and queer people are the largest group within the LGBTQ community. ��— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) May 24, 2019
In honor of #PansexulVisibiltyDay, we must open the doors to affirmation and inclusion so that everyone can embrace their authentic selves. https://t.co/gOrFWZ2vMB pic.twitter.com/Z02UySNM2C
Actors @MaxCarver and @Charlie_Carver…— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) May 23, 2019
✔️have the same DNA
However, because Charlie is gay, they could have different rights under the law depending on what state they’re in. That’s why they are joining @HRC in support of the #EqualityAct. pic.twitter.com/Tp0o2CVdEo
HUNDREDS EXPECTED TO GATHER TODAY AT FUNERAL FOR MUHLAYSIA BOOKER, TRANSGENDER WOMAN KILLED EARLIER THIS MONTH IN DALLAS: Read more from NBC DFW.
REP. JENNIFER WEXTON (D-VA) (@RepWexton) INTRODUCES LEGISLATION TO BLOCK TRUMP-PENCE ADMINISTRATION FROM DISCRIMINATING AGAINST TRANS PEOPLE AT HOMELESS SHELTERS: Wexton introduced the measure one day after OMB published a proposed rule that would remove the Equal Access Rule to ban anti-LGBTQ discrimination. More from Chris Johnson (@chrisjohnson82) at the Washington Blade.
I introduced the Ensuring Equal Access to Shelter Act today to block HUD’s dangerous proposal to allow discrimination against transgender people, many of whom are seeking access to life-saving shelter. pic.twitter.com/RSGUf8WHaT— Rep. Jennifer Wexton (@RepWexton) May 23, 2019
SPOTLIGHT ON HRC FOUNDATION YOUTH AMBASSADOR SAMEER JHA: “I want to show other South Asian LGBTQ+ youth that there are people like them out there and to show the general South Asian community that queerness isn’t just a Western concept,” Jha (@sameerjha2001) says in an interview. More from HRC.
LGBTQ VETERANS DISCHARGED BASED ON THEIR SEXUAL ORIENTATION OR GENDER IDENTITY DESERVE THEIR MILITARY BENEFITS: More from HRC.
Those who have served our nation in uniform shouldn't have to worry about receiving the benefits that they're entitled for their service. No LGBTQ veteran who has been discharged based on their sexual orientation or gender identity should be denied the VA benefits they deserve. https://t.co/u4KlP9n5xv— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) May 22, 2019
GLOBAL EQUALITY NEWS
KENYAN HIGH COURT UPHOLDS CRIMINALIZATION OF SAME-SEX RELATIONS: More from VOA News.
NEW RUSSIAN POLL SHOWS INCREASING SUPPORT FOR LGBTQ RIGHTS: Forty-seven percent of Russians support equal rights for LGBTQ people, marking the highest level of support in 14 years. More from The Moscow Times.
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