On Monday, the Biden administration said it will protect gay and transgender people against sex discrimination in health care – the latest reversal of Trump -era policies that sought to limit transgender rights .
The Biden administration announced it will protect gay and transgender people against sex discrimination in health care — the latest reversal of Trump -era policies that sought to limit transgender rights .
·4-min readThe Biden administration said Monday that it will protect gay and transgender people against sex discrimination in health care — the latest reversal of Trump-era policies that sought to limit transgender rights.The action, announced by the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, cited last year’s
Supreme Court rulingaffirming that federal laws forbidding sex discrimination in the workplace also protect gay and transgender people.“The Supreme Court has made clear that people have a right not to be discriminated against on the basis of sex and receive equal treatment under the law, no matter their gender identity or sexual orientation,” Health and Human Services Secretary Xavier Becerra said in a statement.
In January, shortly after President Biden took office, the Justice Departmentissued a directiverevoking a 22-page memorandum released by a Trump appointee that had argued that the high court’s decision did not apply to health care.“Fear of discrimination can lead individuals to forgo care, which can have serious negative health consequences,” Becerra said Monday. “Everyone — including LGBTQ people — should be able to access health care, free from discrimination or interference, period.” headtopics.com
According to Gallup, 4.5 percent of the U.S. population identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. And more than 1.5 million Americans identify as transgender, per UCLA’s Williams Institute.Demonstrators carry rainbow flags past the White House during a rally for LGBTQ rights in 2017. (Zach Gibson/Getty Images)
The move essentially restores an Obama-era policy established under the Affordable Care Act that prohibited discrimination “on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability.”The Trump administration had sought to define “sex” as applicable only to “male or female as determined by biology.”
Monday’s action means that the HHS Office for Civil Rights will “again investigate complaints of sex discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity,”. “Hospitals, clinics and other medical providers can face government sanctions for violations of the law.”
Story continuesfrom Biden’s Department of Housing and Urban Developmentnixing a Trump-era proposal that if enacted would have allowed taxpayer-funded homeless shelters to deny access to transgender people.“Transgender and gender non-conforming people report more instances of housing instability and homelessness than cisgender people,” HUD Secretary Marcia Fudge said in a statement last month. “Today, we are taking a critical step in affirming HUD’s commitment that no person be denied access to housing or other critical services because of their gender identity.” headtopics.com
Biden began reversing his predecessor’s transgender policies during his first week in office, signing an executive order calling on the military to reverse a ban on transgender troops.“What I’m doing is enabling all qualified Americans to serve their country in uniform,” Biden said when signing the executive order on Jan. 25.
President Biden signs an executive order on Jan. 25 repealing former President Donald Trump’s ban on transgender people serving in the military. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)Until a 2016 change by the Obama administration, service members could be dismissed for being openly transgender. Trump
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