The U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit today ruled against transgender service members, lifting the district court’s order preventing the Trump administration from enforcing its ban on military service by transgender people in Doe v. Trump. Despite today’s decision, three nationwide preliminary injunctions halting the ban remain in effect blocking the ban while the cases proceed in the federal district courts. In addition, as the D.C. Circuit noted “today’s decision is not a final…Read more
Today, the Federal Commission on School Safety recommended rescinding guidance intended to reduce discrimination in school discipline that disproportionately affects LGBTQ students, students of color, and students with disabilities, among others. Today’s decision does not change federal anti-discrimination law, and students remain protected based on race, ethnicity, sex, and disability. However, by undoing this guidance, the Commission is failing to address the issue of school safety for our most…Read more
The administration has proposed new rules to ban private insurance coverage for abortion. Whether someone has private or government funded health insurance, each of us should have coverage for the full range of pregnancy-related care, including abortion. These proposed rules undermine the purpose of health insurance and are certain to cause confusion among consumers, who would have to navigate two separate bills and two separate payments.
Women deserve justice and dignity for abortion care, not obstacles…Read more
In the next few days, Congress will be recommending huge, year-end legislation that currently includes language damaging to nonprofits and the people they serve. Proposed language attached to a spending bill in the House would make it virtually impossible for the IRS to enforce the law (the longstanding Johnson Amendment) that protects charitable nonprofits from engaging in divisive partisanship and schemes to profit from tax deductions for political campaign contributions. The anti-Johnson Amendment…Read more
What is "Public Charge" and how does it affect the LGBT community?
Today the administration asked the Supreme Court to bypass multiple federal appeals courts and immediately allow President Trump to impose his ban on transgender service members Justices were asked to consolidate the challenges to the ban — which so far have been successful in lower courts — and rule on the issue in its current term.
Additionally, guidance protecting transgender people in the workforce disappeared from the Office of Personnel Management's website, and was replaced by generic language with…Read more
Across the United States, people of all backgrounds are reacting with outrage in light of the Administration’s announcement that people who attempt to seek asylum outside of ports of entry will be denied the right to this protection.
On Sunday, November 11th, an estimated 78 LGBTQ asylum seekers reached the United States border in hopes of escaping persecution in Central America. Originally traveling with a larger group from Honduras, they left the caravan after experiencing discrimination and threats…Read more
Thanks to the Affordable Care Act, the uninsured rate for low- and middle-income LGBTQ people has dropped by an overwhelming 35%! More LGBTQ people have health insurance than ever before—and that means access to health care we need, from life-saving HIV drugs to gender affirming health services.
You can still expect to be treated fairly and protected from discrimination in health insurance AND health care. We know the headlines are confusing—and our community often seems to be under attack—but nothing…Read more
Center Action Network's Response to the New York Times Story
By now many of you have seen the New York Times article titled, "Trump Administration Eyes Defining Transgender Out of Existence," about forthcoming rules from Department of Health and Human Services. The memo suggests that government agencies should adopt a new definition of gender which would essentially obliterate federal recognition of the estimated 2 million transgender and gender-expansive people living in America.
Millions of…Read more
Today the Department of Homeland Security published a new regulatory proposal that will make it much more difficult for immigrants with documented status residing in the US to remain in the country if they are likely to use programs like Medicaid Part D, the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP), Section 8 housing vouchers, and other forms of public assistance.
Families could be denied green cards or permanent residency in the United States based on an immigration officer’s guess…Read more