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Equality California: Sign our petition to end healthcare discrimination against LGBTQ+ people

Equality California: Sign our petition to end healthcare discrimination against LGBTQ+ people

Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act made it illegal for healthcare providers to discriminate based on race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability.

“Sex” here includes sexual orientation, gender identity and pregnancy. That means doctors would not be allowed to turn away LGBTQ+ patients or deny them healthcare simply because of who they are.

But the Trump Administration tried to roll back these critical protections, claiming that “sex” simply refers to one’s sex assigned at birth. If allowed to take effect, this rule would have granted permission for insurers, doctors and other healthcare providers to deny service to members of our community.

So Equality California and our partners sued the Trump Administration to block this hateful, discriminatory rule.

Today, the Biden-Harris Administration announced that they will enforce the law against anti-LGBTQ+ healthcare discrimination. And we’re thrilled!

As the world recovers from a global pandemic, now is the time to ensure that every LGBTQ+ American has access to quality, affordable healthcare without fear of harassment and discrimination.

That means we must pass the Equality Act and work with Secretary Xavier Becerra and Assistant Secretary Rachel Levine to take further steps to rescind the Trump-era regulation and address the harms that it has caused.

Last year, Equality California and one of our members — a transgender man named Darren Lazor who faced repeated healthcare discrimination — alongside our partners sued the Trump Administration for undermining these critical protections.

And today — just minutes before our lawyers walked into court for a hearing! — the Biden Administration announced the first steps toward reversing the policy!

Dr. Rachel Levine, our current Assistant Secretary of Health & Human Services and the highest-ranking openly transgender official in U.S. history, summed it all up perfectly:

“No one should be discriminated against when seeking medical services because of who they are.”

We couldn’t agree more. Help us protect LGBTQ+ patients and sign our petition now.

Onward!