US Agency Could Pave Way for Anti-LGBT Discrimination

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12/19/2019

The United States Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) funds thousands of organizations that work on important health and social welfare issues including adoption and foster care, youth homelessness, and sexuality education. Currently, recipients of HHS funding cannot discriminate based on sexual orientation or gender identity. But a new Trump Administration proposal could change that. The proposed rule would allow organizations to receive federal funds even if they discriminate in their services. While they consider enacting the rule, HHS will stop enforcing existing regulations prohibiting grantees from discriminating based on sexual orientation and gender identity. Today, Human Rights Watch submitted a comment to HHS, detailing how the proposed rule undermines children’s rights as well as the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) people, and urging HHS to reject it.

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