Los Angeles LGBT Center Responds to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Proposed Rule to Legalize Discrimination - Los Angeles LGBT Center

Los Angeles LGBT Center Responds to U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Proposed Rule to Legalize Discrimination

May 24, 2019
Contact: Gil Diaz

In response to today’s U.S. Department of Health and Human Services announcement of their intention to eliminate sexual orientation and gender identity nondiscrimination protections in health care services—including protections in the Affordable Care Act, Qualified Health Plan regulations, and Medicaid—Los Angeles LGBT Center Director of Policy and Community Building Terra Russell-Slavin issued the following statement:

“Make no mistake: this announcement is yet another attack on the most vulnerable members of the LGBT community. It is part of a systematic effort by the Trump Administration to dehumanize and stigmatize society’s most vulnerable people: women, people of color, immigrants, poor people and, of course, the LGBT community. For LGBT people—and, in particular, the transgender community—it is part of a comprehensive strategy to strip away hard-won protections of the last decade. 

"Access to health care is a human right. Restricting access to care is cruel and inhumane. The Center stands with scores of other health care providers, LGBT organizations, and our many progressive allies in opposition to this proposed rule change. We call on every elected official of good conscience, regardless of party, to stand up and stop these assaults on the transgender community and all LGBT people.”

Take action: Tell the Trump Administration that no one deserves to be denied access to care because of who they are and help Protect Trans Health now at protecttranshealth.org

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Since 1969 the Los Angeles LGBT Center has cared for, championed, and celebrated LGBT individuals and families in Los Angeles and beyond. Today the Center's nearly 800 employees provide services for more LGBT people than any other organization in the world, offering programs, services, and global advocacy that span four broad categories: Health, Social Services and Housing, Culture and Education, Leadership and Advocacy. We are an unstoppable force in the fight against bigotry and the struggle to build a better world; a world in which LGBT people thrive as healthy, equal, and complete members of society. Learn more at lalgbtcenter.org.

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