The administration reversed a Trump administration policy that said the Affordable Care Act’s protections did not apply to transgender people.
Illinois governor signs executive order to help trans students feel safer at school
Illinois Gov. Jay Pritzker (D) signed an executive order on Sunday aimed at protecting transgender students from discrimination and harassment. The governor signed the order on the last day of Pride Month and on the same day as Chicago’s Pride Parade.
The executive order creates a 25-member task force to develop policy recommendations that educate school officials on issues affecting transgender students, such as dress codes, using the correct pronouns, bathroom access, and na...
Trump administration finalizes ‘conscience’ rule affecting transgender people’s health care
The Trump administration finalized a new rule enabling the discrimination of transgender people in health care on Thursday.
The rule essentially allows health care workers to refer to religious or moral objections when they don’t want to deliver health care services, which would also affect access to abortion and contraception.
The so-called “conscience rule” would revise existing regulations to “ensure vigorous enforcement of Federal conscience and an...
Health and Human Services Department removes website’s language on sex discrimination
The Office for Civil Rights at the Department of Health and Human Services changed or removed information on its website about sex discrimination, according to a new report from the Sunlight Foundation.
The Office for Civil Rights altered this information on several webpages on Section 1557, part of the Affordable Care Act that relates to sex discrimination, between March and August 2017, according to the nonprofit focused on government transparency. Now, mentions of sex discriminat...
The conservative quest to convince the Supreme Court that anti-gay discrimination is okay
Last week, conservatives from across the country chimed in to urge the Supreme Court to side with Jack Phillips, the Colorado baker who refused to sell a wedding cake to a same-sex couple. While the top headline was that President Trump’s Department of Justice was siding with Phillips, amicus briefs were also submitted from 19 states, several major religious organizations, dozens of lawmakers, and a slew of conservative think takes, advocacy organizations, and legal groups.
Chris Christie signs two pro-transgender bills into law
The new laws take New Jersey in the opposite direction Trump is taking the country.CREDIT: AP Photo/Matt Rourke
On Friday, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie (R) surprised many when he signed two different bills advancing transgender equality into law. While both are positive advancements for the state, they coincidentally mirror prominent ways the Trump administration is rolling back transgender rights.<...