Federal officials just rolled back LGBTQ healthcare protectionsBy Lola Olateju • June 13, 2020 • 9:45 am
Yesterday afternoon, on the anniversary of one of the deadliest massacres of LGBTQ Americans at the Pulse nightclub, the Department of Health and Human Services published a final ruling that rolls back federal nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ people in health care. And they’ve done this during a pandemic, when access to health care is more important than ever.
Our response: enough is enough.
Now, millions of LGBTQ people—who have always faced barriers to health care—will be left more vulnerable. What’s more, preventing LGBTQ Americans from accessing care during a pandemic will put entire communities—LGBTQ and non-LGBTQ alike—at risk.
We urgently need your help.
Without federal or statewide nondiscrimination protections, LGBTQ patients in 29 states can be refused care at a doctor’s office, and at other public places like restaurants and shops, as well as fired from their jobs or refused housing.
LGBTQ Americans are among the most vulnerable during this pandemic, and like ALL Americans we must be protected from discrimination in healthcare and all aspects of life.