#AM_Equality Tipsheet: May 28, 2019

by HRC Staff

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.

  • And, it was also announced last week that Trump-Pence also plans to make it easier for adoption agencies to discriminate against LGBTQ families and same-sex couples. More from Axios.

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.

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.

TUESDAY TWEET -- CHARLIE (@Charlie_Carver) AND MAX (@maxcarver) CARVER JOIN HRC’S ‘AMERICANS FOR THE EQUALITY ACT’: More from On Top Magazine.

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.

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.

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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The Hill reports on a new ad from Gillette, featuring a father teaching his transgender son how to shave; Advocate spotlights actor Charlie Barnett (@_CharlieBarnett) on Black LGBTQ representation in media; TIME shares actor Michael D. Cohen’s (@michaeldsee) powerful coming out story

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