ūüö®Comment Today: Tell HHS Discrimination is NOT OK

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Hey folks, I need your help. There’s a bad situation right now with Trump’s Department of Health and Human Services.

First, I’m going to tell you what happened, and then, I’m going to tell you what we can all do about it immediately.

Just before Thanksgiving, Trump and Pence proposed a federal regulation through the Department of Health and Human Services that would allow ALL programs receiving federal funding to discriminate against anyone who goes against their religious beliefs.

What does that mean?

That means any program getting money from HHS would be allowed to discriminate against LGBTQ people, religious minorities, and women in programs related to foster care, adoption, HIV and STI prevention, refugee resettlement, elder care programs, and more.

Trump and Pence have already announced that they will not enforce existing non-discrimination requirements regarding sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, and sex in programs that receive federal funding where protection isn’t technically required.

If this proposed regulation is approved, it would give HHS programs a license to discriminate against LGBTQ people, women, religious minorities, and any other marginalized community — and yet, they will still receive taxpayer funds while they do it.

Your taxpayer money will be used to fund programs in which LGBTQ people, women, religious minorities, and other vulnerable people are discriminated against for “religious” reasons. That’s unacceptable, and there’s something we can do about it.

Every proposed federal regulation comes with a comment period, in which the public is permitted to formally offer their opinion. This comment period is 30 days. It ends on Thursday, Dec. 19th — they did this intentionally to sneak it in under the holiday season.

Public comments on proposed federal regulations matter a great deal. Overwhelming public opposition to a proposed federal regulation will sink it and/or draw intense scrutiny from lawmakers.

I want us to get 50,000 comments by Thursday. It’s incredibly easy. You click on this link, fill out your info, and use the box below that to tell HHS why you don’t want this regulation put in place. It takes all of 45 seconds.

Please take 45 seconds to do this and share with your friends, family, and network. If Trump and Pence are permitted to get away with this, they’ll just keep inflicting more harm on LGBTQ people, women, religious minorities, and other vulnerable communities.

Spread the Word:

If Trump/Pence get their way, your taxpayer $ will fund programs in which LGBTQ people, women, religious minorities & other vulnerable people are discriminated against for “religious” reasons.

Submit a comment on this terrible proposed regulation NOW: https://action.hrc.org/EcqzKUz

Originally posted on Twitter. Re-posted with permission.


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Charlotte Clymer is the Press Secretary for Rapid Response at the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest LGBTQ organization. She also serves on the Military and Veterans Advisory Council for Modern Military Families of America, the Board of Directors for the Center for Military and Legal Policy, and the D.C. Commission for Persons with Disabilities. Her political commentary has been published and quoted by numerous outlets. She is a military veteran and proud transgender woman based in Washington, D.C.

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