At a time when more LGBT senior Americans are in need of help than ever before, the Trump Administration is planning to erase them.

Make no mistake, the LGBT community is going gray. With 10,000 baby boomers turning 65 each day, the number of LGBT seniors over 65 in the U.S. will double by 2030. Alarmingly, threats to their health and well-being will increase as well.

LGBT seniors are more likely to live alone and experience isolation and loneliness. They face higher rates of poverty: 1 in 4 did not have enough money for food last year and 52 percent of the Center’s older clients live on less than $2,000 per month. Their fears of being abused, ostracized, or re-traumatized are very real. Already, the Center has seen a 450% increase in the number of LGBT seniors seeking help, assistance, and care in the last five years. That number will continue to grow as older LGBT adults seek the vital safety net services provided by the Center.

The Trump Administration pointed its “killer erasers” directly at LGBT seniors earlier this month when White House staff removed LGBT people from a national survey that’s used to allocate vital resources for seniors, including things like Meals on Wheels, caregiver support, and transportation. If they’re not counted, the needs of LGBT seniors can never be met. And this is just the beginning.

Today the collective voices and concerns of millions of Americans were heard loud and clear on Capitol Hill and at the White House. Thankfully, at least for the moment, the most vulnerable members of the LGBT community, including youth and seniors, will continue to have access to the affordable healthcare that every American deserves.

But we cannot rest on today’s victory or get complacent. Because, surely, this fight is not over. Nor is it the only important battle to be waged. The LGBT community is facing attacks on many fronts, from devastating budget cuts that threaten funding for housing our seniors and homeless youth to the more than 100 archaic and alarming anti-LGBT bills have been introduced in 29 states. Plus, bigotry and hate have been given greater permission to thrive throughout the nation.

Whether it’s protecting our right to healthcare or preserving the values that Americans hold most dearly—freedom, justice and equality—we must continue to fight. This is a marathon, not a sprint.

President Trump’s new travel ban suspends the entry of nationals from six countries that are predominantly Muslim (Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen) for 90 days. The order suspends the entire U.S. refugee program for 120 days and restricts the total number of refugees admitted to the U.S. to 50,000 per year. The fact is that this new executive order will bar thousands of LGBT and HIV-positive people from seeking refuge in the United States.

This order and the political climate regarding immigration has dashed the hopes of LGBT people fleeing persecution in some of the countries in which they face the worst abuse and discrimination.

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Tomorrow, the House of Representatives will vote to take away health insurance from 24 million Americans like Steven.

Steven, 27, was diagnosed with cancer last year. Because of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), he was able to get insurance he could afford and access the healthcare he needed. Steven credits the care he received at the Los Angeles LGBT Center with saving his life. For Steven, the most terrifying moments since his diagnosis has been the uncertainty of how he will afford the treatment he still needs if the ACA is repealed.

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Historically, a president’s first 100 days were seen as a so-called “honeymoon.” Even presidents who face a divided government usually have higher rates of legislative success in Congress during those first 100 days than during other times of their administrations. Likewise, studies have shown that the media cover the president in a more positive light during the first 100 days.

We are now on day 50 of the Trump administration. Far from a honeymoon, this administration’s early days have been marked by a rollout of an ultra-conservative, anti-equality agenda. From the anti-Muslim travel bans to attacks on transgender students and LGBT people seeking affordable heath care, the Trump administration is targeting the most vulnerable members of our community.

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