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A coalition of LGBTQ clinics and organizations are suing to block a Trump administration rule that aims to strip “sex discrimination” protections for transgender people from laws that govern health care. The rule, issued in final form by the Department of Health and Human Services on June 12, is distinct from last week’s landmark U.S. Supreme Court decision that bars discrimination against LGBTQ people in the workplace.
“Everyone deserves easy access to health care, and health care that is respectful of who we are,” said Bamby Salcedo, president and CEO of the [email protected] Coalition, one of the plaintiffs in the lawsuit. “This rule will hurt marginalized communities who already experience barriers to care.”
The lawsuit was filed Monday morning in U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia. The plaintiffs, represented by Lambda Legal Defense and Education Fund and Steptoe & Johnson, include Whitman-Walker Clinic and the Los Angeles LGBT Center, along with individual LGBTQ physicians, health care provider associations and LGBTQ organizations, including the [email protected] Coalition.
The challenge to the Trump administration’s health care rule comes just a few days after it was published in the Federal Register, and a week after the Supreme Court ruled in favor of LGBTQ employees. In a 6-3 decision, the high court found that “sex discrimination” does protect people who are fired or discriminated against at work for being gay or transgender.
The Supreme Court decision has been hailed as a huge win by LGBTQ advocates and a rebuke to the Trump administration, which has put out a range of rules and regulations that define “sex discrimination” as…