Trump Wants to Repeal Another Obama Regulation and This Time He’s Coming for Trans People’s Health Care

Fresh off promoting “LGBTQ for Trump” tees for Pride month, President Donald Trump’s administration is targeting transgender people…again.

The Department of Health and Human Services proposed a new rule that would woefully walk back an Obama-era regulation defining sex-based discrimination to include gender identity. The definition relates to section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act, which prohibits discrimination in healthcare on civil rights grounds.

“Sex means a person’s status as male or female based on immutable biological traits identifiable by or before birth,” the department proposed. “The sex listed on a person’s birth certificate, as originally issued, shall constitute definitive proof of a person’s sex unless rebutted by reliable genetic evidence.”

The move horrified and further mobilized transgender activists.

What’s more, the move is only the latest development in what has been an onslaught of discriminatory, harmful policies targeting the transgender community.

Just yesterday, the Trump administration proposed a rule allowing homeless shelters to discriminate against transgender people.

Three transgender women were

violently murdered this week.

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Evan Brechtel

Evan is a writer and editor based in New York. In addition to his work with Second Nexus, he freelances for a variety of sites addressing topics of queer culture and history. You can find his other work at www.evanbrechtel.net. Twitter: @EvanBrechtel