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The Trevor Project Responds to the Trump Admin’s Undermining of Health Care Protections for Trans People

BY: Kinzi Sparks

The Administration’s new 1557 rule seeks to roll back health care nondiscrimination protections for transgender and nonbinary people under the Affordable Care Act. Despite what the new rule says, all LGBTQ people are still protected from being discriminated against under the law when it comes to health care and health insurance — and several LGBTQ legal organizations are ready to go to court to prove it. Nonetheless, this rule does send a dangerous and confusing message to health care providers, at the worst possible time.

Sam Brinton (they/them pronouns), Vice President of Advocacy and Government Affairs for The Trevor Project, says:

“Access to quality health care without discrimination is critical right now, and thankfully, whatever this new rule may say, LGBTQ people are still protected under the law. This rule sends a dangerous and confusing message to health care providers at the worst possible time. In the midst of a global pandemic with serious implications for the LGBTQ youth The Trevor Project serves, the last thing our nation needs is for the Administration to suggest, contrary to the plain language of the Affordable Care Act, that medical care providers don’t have to treat transgender and nonbinary people with the same care and respect as everybody else.”

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The Trevor Project Voices Support for Michigan Bills Protecting LGBTQ Young People From Conversion Therapy

15% of LGBTQ youth in Michigan reported being threatened with or subjected to conversion therapy in the past year May 18, 2023 — The Trevor Project — the leading suicide prevention organization for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer & questioning (LGBTQ) young people — voiced its support for a package of bills introduced in both chambers of the Michigan Legislature would prohibit licensed medical professionals from subjecting LGBTQ youth to the dangerous and discredited practice of conversion “therapy.”  “It is deeply inspiring to see Michigan lawmakers unite to spark important progress on LGBTQ protections and cut through the noise of…

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