Campaign promises to replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) with something “much better” couldn’t be further from the truth. The changes to the ACA that were just revealed by Republican leaders of Congress will have devastating consequences for LGBT people and many others.

Your help is needed now to protect healthcare for the most vulnerable in our community.

Before Congress approved the ACA, LGBT people—who are disproportionately impacted by HIV/AIDS, heart disease, and cancer—were more likely to be uninsured. Today, because the uninsured rate is an all-time low, LGBT people are much more likely to have the care they desperately need. The proposed changes to the ACA will make it much more difficult or impossible for low-income people to afford health insurance, with life-threatening results.

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The U.S. Supreme Court announced that it will send Gavin Grimm’s case back to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit. This is direct result of the anti-LGBT actions of the Trump administration, specifically the February 22 rollback of Title IX guidance for transgender students. Today we are sadly reminded that justice deferred is justice denied.

This administration is dangerously out of step with the progress of our nation and world. Its early days have been marked by a rollout of an ultra-conservative, anti-equality agenda decades in the making—the tragic consequences of which our community feels sharply again today. While there is likely a more direct anti-LGBT executive order still to come, this administration is content in the meantime to chip away at equality by targeting some of the most vulnerable in our community.

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Republican leaders in the House of Representatives are holding secret and closed reviews of their proposed replacement plan for the Affordable Care Act (ACA), shutting out all Democrats and most Republicans and setting off a bizarre day Thursday on Capitol Hill (read more about it here). They have gone from 'repeal and replace' to 'repeal and hide.'

The ACA as we know it was posted online for 30 days for review before the markup period AND had more than 70 hearings. Only a public review of any ACA replacement will ensure that vital protections for the LGBT community remain intact. 

Call your representatives now to make sure there’s #NoSecretPlan. Find your representatives here.

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The Trump administration has rescinded an Obama administration policy that any school that receives federal money must treat a student’s gender identity as his or her sex. This meant that transgender students were protected Title IX, the statute that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex. Today’s action has put this protection in jeopardy, leaving students open to discriminatory and dangerous interpretations of Title IX. 

All students deserve the dignity of being free from harassment and discrimination, including use of the bathroom that corresponds with their gender identities.

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