COMMENT PERIOD IS NOW CLOSED.
You may still submit your story of healthcare discrimination using the form to the right.
In early November the Administration announced that it would not enforce existing U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) regulations prohibiting discrimination in HHS-funded programs based on religion, sex, gender identity or sexual orientation. HHS has proposed a new rule that would allow programs receiving HHS grants to discriminate on these bases. This means those who receive government funding would be permitted to discriminate regardless of the reason; it would not be limited to those who claim a religious objection to serving particular groups of people.
HHS awards more than $500 billion in grants and contracts each year. Taxpayer dollars should not be used to advance discrimination. In addition to putting millions of lives at risk, this proposal directly undermines the mission of the HHS: to ensure the health and well-being of all Americans.
We’re joining LGBTQ+ advocates across the country in speaking out against the latest attack on our community. You can join us too, by submitting a comment in opposition of the newly proposed rule. Do it today, because we only have 30 days to voice our opposition.
Below are examples of how people and programs could be affected by this rule. You can use these as talking points when submitting your comment.
If you or someone you know is experiencing trauma due to discrimination, click here to find your local LGBTQ+ community center for support.
LGBTQ+ Older Adults
- A gay senior could be refused services meant to assist older Americans living in their homes.
- A senior center could ignore sexual harassment of the women it serves and not lose its federal funding.
Community meal programs designed to support older adults could refuse to deliver food to older Americans who identify as LGBTQ+.
- A Jewish couple could be rejected from adopting a child on the basis of their religion.
- Children in foster care who are LGBTQ+ could be denied needed services and could be subjected to conversion therapy.
- Adoption and foster care agencies could refuse to place a child in foster care with a same-sex couple or an LGBTQ+ family member.
- HIV prevention and education programs could only serve non-transgender and straight people and refuse to serve LGBTQ+ individuals, or even refuse to recognize the existence of LGBTQ+ people.
- Federally funded substance use prevention and treatment programs could refuse services to LGBTQ+ people.
- Head Start grant recipients and other federally funded childcare facilities could refuse to serve children with married same-sex parents or refuse to provide services to transgender youth.
- Even though LGBTQ+ youth are 120% more likely to experience homelessness, programs supporting youth experiencing homelessness could turn away LGBTQ+ youth.
The Transgender Community
- An unaccompanied immigrant who is a transgender girl could be forced to be housed in a boy’s shelter or in isolation.
- A transgender person living with HIV could be denied services critical to managing their health.
- After school programs could refuse to allow a transgender teenager to participate.
Other Grant-Funded Programs
- A same-sex couple could be denied child care assistance if a grant recipient refused to recognize the validity of their marriage.