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HHS Rollbacks Signal 'Rapid Destruction' of LGBT Protections

HHS Rollbacks Signal 'Rapid Destruction' of LGBT Protections
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By    |   Monday, 19 February 2018 12:07 PM

The Trump administration is in the process of rolling back many Obama-era health protections and policies aimed at LGBT Americans, moves that experts say signal the "rapid destruction" of progress, Politico reports.

President Donald Trump campaigned as a champion of the LGBT community, but his Health and Human Services (HHS) agency is halting or reversing many of the policies that were in place to protect LGBT workers and patients, Politico reports.

The dismantling of those policies represent a "rapid destruction of so much of the progress on LGBT health," Kellan Baker, a Johns Hopkins researcher who worked with HHS on LGBT issues for nearly a decade, told Politico.

"It's only a matter of time before all the gains made under the Obama administration are reversed under the Trump administration, for purposes that have nothing to do with public health and have everything to do with politics," Baker told Politico.

Instead, the Trump administration established a Conscience and Religious Freedom Division to defend those who refuse to treat the LGBT because of their faith, Politico reported last month.

The Trump administration defends the changes as part of its platform to protect and ensure the health of all Americans and pointed to a listening session held last April.

But LGBT health professionals who attended say they haven't any contact with HHS since that meeting 10 months ago, adding that their follow-up correspondence has been ignored.

"A number of us struggled with whether we would participate in something that would be used for exactly this purpose … a charade to be used by folks to suggest they are open-minded," Sharon McGowan of Lambda Legal told Politico. "That was the lost cause that we suspected that it was."

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The Trump administration is in the process of rolling back many Obama-era health protections and policies aimed at LGBT Americans, moves that experts say signal the "rapid destruction" of progress, Politico reports.
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