The Health and Human Services(HHS) administration finalized rules Friday that will erase protections for transgender patients against discrimination by doctors, hospitals, and health insurance companies.
This attack on our humanity is occurring as we celebrate the Supreme Court ruling that transgender and Gay workers are included in the Civil Rights Act of 1964 because of our sex.
In order to work free from discrimination, trans people still need:
➖ To not be criminalized walking down the street
➖ Access to accurate IDs
➖ Basic health care
➖ Support and respect in school
Pride is STILL protest.https://t.co/LR48yhczOR
— ACLU (@ACLU) June 22, 2020
The new rule championed by Roger Severino Director of the Office of Civil Rights (OCR) at the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services will take effect on August 18, 2020. It gives doctors the right to deny medical care to LGBT people on religious grounds while our at-risk population is being ravaged by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Trump described the Supreme Court Ruling which found that gay and trans workers are protected by the Civil Rights Act of 1964 on the basis of sex a ‘shotgun blast to the face’.
Amazingly, sex wasn’t an original protected class when the Civil Rights Act was being considered. Sex was added ar the last moment by Representative Howard Smith leader of the powerful anti-Civil Rights coalition. Smith hoped that by adding Sex as a protected class his fellow conservatives would gain enough votes from moderates to defeat the Act.
The modern-day anti-Civil Rights coalition led by Trump is doomed to fail for the same reasons Rep. Howard Smith did.
Vice President Mike Pense absolutely refused to say the words “Black Lives Matter” when repeatedly pressed during an interview on CBS on Juneteenth. He refused because he does not believe black people, sexual minorities, and womenkind are equal for the same reasons that Rep. Howard Smith did.
The ADF and the Heritage Foundation: modern-day anti-civil rights groups;
Founded by some 30 leaders of the Christian Right, the Alliance Defending Freedom(ADF) is a legal advocacy and training group that has supported the recriminalization of sexual acts between consenting LGBTQ adults in the U.S. and criminalization abroad. The ADF has defended state-sanctioned sterilization of trans people abroad. The ADF, a known hate group, has become an integral component of the Trump administration’s attack on LGBTQI lives.