Even though he repeatedly says that he has done a lot for the LGBTQ+ community, the policies introduced by Donald Trump say otherwise. Not only has he made anti-LGBTQ+ jokes and statements, but he has also rolled out multiple policies that hurt the community, and rolled back several that protected them. In 2019, Trump banned most transgender soldiers from serving in the military. Moreover, his Departments of Education and Justice eliminated Obama-era guidance clarifying that schools must treat transgender students consistent with their gender identity.
Trump’s HHS has also proposed a new definition that would narrowly define sex as either male or female, unchangeable, and determined by birth.
Donald Trump has rolled back yet another policy that protected the queer community.
WHAT DID DONALD TRUMP DO?
Donald Trump has finalized regulation to roll back Obama-era rules that protected the transgender community from discrimination in health care.
The Affordable Care Act, 2010 barred “any health program or activity” under federal financial assistance from discriminating people based on race, color, national origin, sex, age or disability.
The Obama administration interpreted the “sex” provision of this Act to include gender identity, thus protecting members of the trans community.
However, the new regulations will be “returning to the government’s interpretation of sex discrimination according to the plain meaning of the word ‘sex’ as male or female and as determined by biology”.
In addition to refusing overall care to transgender individuals, this regulation will allow healthcare providers and insurance companies that receive federal funding to refuse to provide or cover transition-related care.
The Human Rights Campaign group has announced that it will sue the Trump administration –
“We will not let this attack on our basic right to be free from discrimination in health care go unchallenged. We will see them in court, and continue to challenge all of our elected officials to rise up against this blatant attempt to erode critical protections people need and sanction discrimination.”
The timing of this announcement is also significant. This anti-trans move was announced during the Pride month, and on the 4th anniversary of the Pulse nightclub shooting.
However, Roger Severino said that the timing was “purely coincidental.”
Severino is the director of the Office for Civil Rights at the Department of Health and Human Services, which is responsible for the rule.