Trump’s HHS secretary dodges question on trans health care

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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Secretary of Health & Human Services Alex Azar dodged a question Friday on whether the Trump administration would repeal an Obamacare rule barring medical practitioners from denying health care to transgender people, including gender reassignment surgery.

During the White House daily briefing, which Azar attended to flesh out President Trump’s plan to lower drug prices that he announced moments earlier in the Rose Garden, the health secretary professed he was unaware of the issue in response to a question from the Washington Blade.

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White House won’t comment on HHS proposal to nix rule for trans health

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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The White House has declined to comment on recent indications the Trump administration is set to undo an Obama-era rule barring medical providers from refusing service to transgender people, including gender reassignment surgery.

The Washington Blade sought to ask White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders about the proposed reversal Monday during the daily briefing, but the spokesperson didn’t call on the Blade for a question, nor did any other reporter ask about the issue following a report on the development in the New York Times.

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New HHS division slammed as tool for anti-LGBT discrimination

By : Chris Johnson OF THE WASHINGTON BLADE, COURTESY OF THE NATIONAL LGBT MEDIA ASSOCIATION
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ABOVE: Roger Severino hailed the creation of a conscience division at HHS. Image courtesy C-Span.

Consistent with media reports indicating the move was coming, the Department of Health & Human Services on Thursday formally established a conscience division that critics say will allow medical practitioners to deny abortion-related services and treatment to LGBT people on religious grounds.

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Uprisings: Primary Colors

By : Billy Manes
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I’ve been wrestling with this for weeks, and these emotional bruises are something to contend with. Here at Watermark, we’ve discussed doing a primary voters’ guide downticket, upticket and with a ticket to get away. As it turns out, however, we – meaning me – cannot support any party that goes against the rights of the LGBT community, meaning we – or me – would look a bit foolish dancing along the left side of the plate and ignoring the potatoes on the right. If it sounds like a cop-out, in some ways it is. I’ve been engaged in the political community for too long not to know the names of children or the friends or family who have been there for me. It presents a conundrum within a locket within a cookie. I don’t want to influence your vote. I want to you to research it and find out for yourself.

But there are friends I certainly support, even apart from the fray of the recent mudslinging (you know who you are). I study these things. I pay attention. I care. So don’t get me wrong: I’m in it to win it for the people who will make life better.

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Experts: NC case unaffected by Texas transgender ruling

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RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) – Supporters of North Carolina’s bathroom rules have urged a federal judge to closely consider a ruling in Texas that has temporarily blocked the Obama administration’s ability to withhold federal money from schools that don’t let transgender students use bathrooms matching their gender identity.

But opponents and independent legal experts said Aug. 23 that the ruling in Texas won’t affect the North Carolina litigation.

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Judge in Texas temporarily blocks Obama’s transgender rules

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AUSTIN, Texas (AP) – A federal judge in Texas is blocking for now the Obama administration’s directive to U.S. public schools that transgender students must be allowed to use the bathrooms and locker rooms consistent with their chosen gender identity.

Hundreds of school districts woke up Aug. 22 to news of the order by U.S. District Judge Reed O’Connor on the first day of class in Texas and elsewhere.

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