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HHS Hosts LGBTQ Pride Summit Event

By Charlotte Robinson, June 26, 2023

The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services (HHS) hosted a Pride Summit featuring hundreds of advocates & allies from our LGBTQ community & leaders from across the Biden-Harris Administration. The HHS Pride Summit highlighted key accomplishments of the Biden Administration including efforts to improve access to health care services, health equity, support for identity affirmation & civil rights as well as forward-looking conversations about continued support for our community. Secretary Xavier Becerra opened Summit with remarks that highlighted the Biden-Harris Administration’s commitment to expanding health equity, supporting gender-affirming care & defending LGBTQ rights. He also detailed numerous ways HHS had celebrated Pride month. Secretary Becerra stated, “Supporting the LGBTQI+ community is a top priority for me & HHS. Equity runs at the heart of every initiative we take on here. We are facing daunting challenges right now – with some politicians spewing hateful rhetoric & imposing restrictions against the LGBTQI+ community. But, thanks to the leadership of President Biden, I am confident we will make it through this moment.” LGBTQ leaders who participated in the summit included: Assistant Secretary for Health Admiral Rachel Levine, Kelley Robinson, President of the Human Rights Campaign & Imani Rupert-Gordon, Executive Director at the National Center for Lesbian Rights, Arli Christian, Trans Justice Strategist from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), Casey Pick, Director of Law & Policy for the Trevor Project, Julie Seaver, Executive Director of the Compass LGBTQ Community Center of Florida, Robert Salcido, Executive Director of the Center-Pride Center San Antonio & Kelley Blair, Founder of the Diversity Center of Oklahoma among others.

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