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President Trump Announces Dangerous Attack on Healthcare for Millions of LGBTQ Americans
Equality California Executive Director Condemns Trump-Pence Administration's Decision: "This is immoral; it is heartless; it is un-American."
May 2, 2019 at 9:59 am

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May 2, 2019

CONTACT: Samuel Garrett-Pate, Equality California
PHONE: (323) 848-9801/MOBILE: (973) 476-3770/EMAIL: sam@eqca.org
WASHINGTON — President Trump announced on Thursday a final rule empowering healthcare workers to refuse care to patients based on the workers’ own personal religious beliefs. Equality California, the nation’s largest statewide LGBTQ civil rights organization, released the following statement from Executive Director Rick Zbur:
“For two years, the Trump-Pence Administration has relentlessly attacked LGBTQ people — including transgender servicemembers, children and workers. But today’s attack is one of their most heartless and dangerous yet. President Trump just stood in front of the White House and told millions of LGBTQ Americans that they should be denied lifesaving healthcare simply because of who they are or whom they love. That is immoral; it is heartless; it is un-American. Someone else’s personal beliefs should never be used as a license to discriminate. Period.”
On March 18, 2018, Equality California submitted public comment opposing the regulation empowering healthcare workers to deny care on the basis of their own personal beliefs, which at the time was just a proposed rule. This regulation will have a disproportionately harmful impact on LGBTQ Americans — especially transgender people, LGBTQ older people and LGBTQ people living in rural areas, who already face significant disparities in health and wellbeing and are most vulnerable to discrimination.


Equality California is the nation’s largest statewide LGBTQ civil rights organization. We bring the voices of LGBTQ people and allies to institutions of power in California and across the United States, striving to create a world that is healthy, just, and fully equal for all LGBTQ people. We advance civil rights and social justice by inspiring, advocating and mobilizing through an inclusive movement that works tirelessly on behalf of those we serve. www.eqca.org

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