"This is appalling."

By Alicia Brunker
Jun 14, 2020 @ 2:47 pm
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In the middle of Pride Month and on the fourth anniversary of the tragic Pulse nightclub shooting — which killed 49 people from the LGBTQ community in 2016 — the Trump administration just made it easier for healthcare providers to deny service to transgender individuals with a new rule.

On Friday, the Department of Health and Human Services revealed it would narrow Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act that bans discrimination "on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, age, or disability" in health programs and centers, and remove gender identity from the list. Therefore, sex discrimination will only be enforced based on an individual's biology.

Understandably, the news sparked outrage among politicians, celebrities, and LGBTQ organizations alike. GLAAD called the new regulation "shameful, unnecessary, and unfortunately unsurprising."

Meanwhile, democratic nominee Joe Biden and senator Kamala Harris both agreed that Trump's "cruelty knows no bounds."

Celebrities, including Ariana Grande, Gabrielle Union, and Ellen DeGeneres also viewed the announcement as unacceptable.

The rule will go into effect in mid-August, but the Human Rights Campaign plans to take legal action against the Trump administration beforehand.

“LGBTQ people get sick. LGBTQ people need health care. LGBTQ people should not live in fear that they cannot get the care they need simply because of who they are," a statement read. "It is clear that this administration does not believe that LGBTQ people, or other marginalized communities, deserve equality under the law. But we have a reality check for them: we will not let this attack on our basic right to be free from discrimination in health care go unchallenged."