Today, in response to a legal challenge, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) agreed to a court order that will temporarily halt a Trump-era discriminatory rule change that would have permitted discrimination against LGBTQ people, religious minorities and women in programs related to foster care, adoption, HIV and STI prevention, youth homelessness, refugee resettlement, elder care programs and more. HHS says the rule change is under review.
On January 8, 2021, HRC responded to an 11th hour attack by the lame duck Trump-Pence White House on finalizing a HHS regulation that would have allowed discrimination against LGBTQ people, religious minorities and women.
The rule change was among actions by the Trump administration to grant HHS recipients a license to discriminate against LGBTQ people, religious minorities, and women:
Research consistently shows that LGBTQ youth are overrepresented in the foster care system, as many have been rejected by their families of origin because of their LGBTQ status, and are especially vulnerable to discrimination and mistreatment while in foster care. The regulation would have only exacerbated these challenges faced by LGBTQ young people.
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