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Federal Injunction Halts Discrimination

By Charlotte Robinson, August 18, 2020
The United States District Court for the Eastern District of New York has issued an injunction in Walker v. Azar that challenges the Trump administration’s health care discrimination rule which would have gone into effect August 18th. Omar Gonzalez-Pagan Lambda Legal Senior Attorney & Health Care Strategist stated, “In the midst of a global pandemic, the Trump administration has sought to invite discrimination in health care against LGBTQ people & other vulnerable populations. Today, a federal court has rejected their efforts & stopped the health care discrimination rule’s rollback of protections for LGBTQ people from going into effect. We congratulate Tanya Asapansa-Johnson Walker, Cecilia Gentili, HRC & their co-counsel on this important victory in the fight against the Trump administration’s failed public health policy & we look forward to a decision in our case challenging the health care discrimination rule. The safety & lives of LGBTQ people, but especially transgender people, hang in the balance.” Carl Charles Lambda Legal Staff Attorney concluded, “LGBTQ people, particularly transgender people, have been under constant attack by the Trump Administration. HHS’s health care discrimination rule threatens to wreak havoc & confusion, hurting our most vulnerable populations, who already are suffering disproportionately at the hands of the COVID-19 pandemic. We applaud today’s decision & look forward to continuing our fight against this rule that unlawfully targets & singles out LGBTQ people for discrimination during their most critical time of need, when seeking health care. Our communities deserve better.” The lawsuit, Whitman-Walker Clinic v. HHS was filed on behalf of Whitman-Walker Health, the TransLatin@ Coalition & its members, Bradbury-Sullivan LGBT Community Center, the Los Angeles LGBT Center, GLMA: Health Professionals Advancing LGBTQ Equality, AGLP: The Association of LGBTQ Psychiatrists & four individual doctors. For More Info: lambdalegal.org
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