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10 de agosto de 2022

85 Organizations Launch Nationwide Campaign to Protect Trans Health by Supporting Biden Health care Regulation

WASHINGTON DC – Eight-five national, state and local organizations, led by National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE), Transgender Law Center (TLC) and Transgender Legal Defense and Education Fund (TLDEF), announced the next phase of the Protect Trans Health campaign. The campaign urges the public to support the proposed Biden administration Health and Human Services (HHS) regulation announced on July 25 that intends to protect transgender and gender nonconforming (TGNC) people from discrimination in accessing healthcare. 

“It’s important that our government's policies uphold the dignity of all Americans, especially transgender people who are increasingly disenfranchised,” said Rodrigo Heng-Lehtinen, executive director of NCTE. “NCTE has been working hard advocating for trans people’s rights for nearly 20 years. We know that trans people are still experiencing discrimination when accessing the health care we need, despite it being against the law. Our 2015 U.S. Trans Survey showed that one in four trans people have been denied care by insurance companies, whether it was routine or transition-related care, just because we’re trans. With this new regulation, the Biden-Harris administration can better enforce the law to make sure trans people get the care we need.”

The proposed regulation holds that discrimination on the basis of sex “includes, but is not limited to, discrimination on the basis of sex stereotypes; sex characteristics, including intersex traits; pregnancy or related conditions.” Additional guidance issued by HHS also notes that denials of health care based on gender identity are illegal, as is restricting doctors and health care providers from providing care because of a patient’s gender identity.

“Accessing necessary medical care is a freedom too many of us have had to defend from certain callous politicians,” said Lynly Egyes, legal director of TLC. “By supporting the Biden administration’s proposed healthcare regulation we can ensure each one of us has the freedom to be ourselves, pursue our dreams, and have a good life — no exceptions.”

NCTE and TLC launched the Protect Trans Health campaign in 2018 in response to the Trump administration’s Rollback Rule. A green light to discriminate against TGNC people, pregnant people, and English language learners, among many others, the toxic rule was vehemently opposed by the public. Coordinated efforts by the Protect Trans Health campaign and advocates led to over 200,000 comments opposing the Rollback Rule. A final rule was issued in 2020 and TLC, TLDEF, and others sued the administration in an ongoing case, BAGLY v. HHS

The lawsuit asserts that the Trump era rule violates the Administrative Procedure Act by being contrary to law, arbitrary and capricious, and a violation of the Equal Protection Clause of the 14th Amendment. Notably, the discriminatory rule was published on June 19, 2020, just days after the June 15, 2020 U.S. Supreme Court ruling in Bostock v. Condado de Clayton, which found that it is unlawful sex discrimination to discriminate based on sexual orientation or gender identity. The lawsuit also asserts that the Rollback Rule emboldens discrimination towards LGBTQ+ patients and people who are seeking or who have obtained reproductive health care, further stigmatizes abortion and other pregnancy-related care, harms patients who are English language learners, including immigrants and Indigenous people who rely on Indian Health Services (IHS) for healthcare, and harms people with chronic illnesses, including those living with HIV. The rule will also creates confusion about the scope of protections against discrimination under federal law.

“Through TLDEF’s Trans Health Project and impact litigation, we see and fight the devastating impacts of the previous administration's policies on the health of transgender and nonbinary people,” said Andrea “Andy” Marra, TLDEF’s Executive Director. “The new proposed rule will continue building on our momentum to strengthen protections and access to the lifesaving gender affirming coverage that everyone deserves.”

The comment period officially began on Aug. 3 and will continue until Oct. 3. Commenters will not be required to give their address or divulge their immigration status. Members of the public may post official comments through the campaign website www.ProtectTransHealth.org.  

 

Supporting organizations

ADL (the Anti-Defamation League)

Defensores de la juventud

SIDA unido

Ateos americanos

Arkansas Black Gay Men's Forum

Proyecto Organizador Asiático Americano (AAOP)

Aliado del atleta

BOLSO

Creer en voz alta

Centro Comunitario LGBT Bradbury-Sullivan

Red de servicios humanos y de salud LGBTQ de California

Centro para el Progreso Americano

Centro de Derechos Reproductivos 

Chattanooga Trans Liberation Collective

COLAJE

Colores+

Doctors for Change

Equality Federation (Federación para la Igualdad)

Fairness Campaign

Fenway Health

FORJA, Inc.

Justicia de género

GLMA: Profesionales de la salud que promueven la igualdad LGBTQ

Federación Hispana

Howard Brown Health

Kentucky Youth Law Project, Inc.

Comisión Latina sobre el SIDA

LGBTQ Foundation of Kansas

Los Angeles LGBT Center

Lucie's Place

Magic City Acceptance Center

Centro mazzoni

Asociación Militar Moderna de América

Proyecto de Avance de Movimiento

My Sistah’s House

Coalición Nacional de Justicia Negra (NBJC)  

Programa de Ley Nacional de Salud

Red Nacional de Cáncer LGBT

Cámara Nacional de Comercio LGBT (NGLCC)

Asociación Nacional para Mujeres y Familias 

NEW Pride Agenda

North Dakota Human Rights Coalition

Servicios legales de Oasis

Un Colorado

Out2Enroll

Peoria orgullosa

Pflag Athens Area, Georgia

PFLAG Portland Maine

Médicos para la salud reproductiva

Princess Janae Place Inc.

PROMO Missouri

Rainbow Elder Care del área metropolitana de Dayton

CENTRO DE RECURSOS

Sawdust and Metal

Shenandoah LGBTQ Center

SisTersPGH

Somos familia

Southwest Wisconsin Rainbow Alliance

Spectrum: The Other Clinic

Línea de ayuda de St. Louis Queer + Support

T-Time Transgender Support

El Centro de DC de la comunidad LGBT

The GLO Center

The Mahogany Project 

The Trevor Project

Thundermist Health Center

Trans Housing Atlanta Program

Trans Maryland 

Derechos de los menores trans

Trans Solutions Research and Resource Center 

TransAthlete.com

Servicios de apoyo transfamiliar

Proyecto de transformación

Transformaciones

Programa de Asistencia Transgénero Virginia

Red de Educación Transgénero de Texas (TENT)

Transgénero Michigan

Transhealth Northampton

Transpondedor

TransSOCIAL, Inc

TransVisible Montana

Waves Ahead Corp Puerto Rico

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Centro Nacional para la Igualdad Transgénero aboga por cambiar las políticas y la sociedad para aumentar la comprensión y la aceptación de las personas transgénero. En la capital de la nación y en todo el país, NCTE trabaja para reemplazar la falta de respeto, la discriminación y la violencia con empatía, oportunidad y justicia. www.transequality.org 

Transgender Law Center (TLC) is the largest national trans-led organization advocating for a world in which all people are free to define themselves and their futures. Grounded in legal expertise and committed to racial justice, TLC employs a variety of community-driven strategies to keep transgender and gender nonconforming people alive, thriving, and fighting for liberation. www.transgenderlawcenter.org   

 

The Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund (TLDEF) is committed to ending discrimination based upon gender identity and expression and to achieving equality for transgender and nonbinary people through public education, test-case litigation, direct legal services, and public policy efforts. To learn more about TLDEF’s work, visittldef.org. 

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