Fil-Ams join protest against Trump administration’s move to roll back healthcare protections for transgender people

BROOKLYN, NY — Their silent protest on Sunday in Brooklyn New York were meant to voice their outcry over 1500 people blanketed the streets — all to say transgender lives black, brown or white matter.

“We need to stand for all black lives and that also means black trans lives. We have trans folks in our community and we need to protect our kapwa and kababayan from these assaults by the government and by other people,” said Kalayaan Mendoza, co-founder of Across.

The most recent setback for the LGBTQ community was announced last Friday. Federal officials said they’re rolling back healthcare protections for transgender people.

The regulation would allow health-care workers, hospitals, and insurance companies that receive federal funding to refuse or deny care to transgender and nonbinary patients.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services said in a statement that the rule is based on “the plain meaning of the word ‘sex’ as male or female and as determined by biology.”

The rule also allows health care providers to refuse to treat patients who have had abortions.

The Trump administration has been working on this rule for over a year. It has gotten support from religious conservatives and anti-abortion groups. Some say the Obama-era rule forces some health care professionals to act against their conscience.”

This new measure reverses the federal healthcare guidelines that expanded sex-based protections to include gender identity.

“I think people are feeling a sense of dread and atmosphere of fear and a lack of safety. So, that’s why we need to show up – folks who are not trans to support trans live right now.”

Conservative groups have applauded the ruling, saying health professionals must base their medical decisions on biology and science, not ideology.

Others said it simply reverses the Obama administration’s executive overreach.

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  • Mario
    16 June 2020 at 12:11 pm - Reply

    TRUMP CANCEL some health benefits on Transgender. Transgender who are in the military service can have their SEX CHANGE, at their own expense, NOT on Taxpayers money. Once they retire they go back to VA Hospitals for SEX CHANGE maintenance, TRUMP can cancel this priviledges, on FREE SEX CHANGE maintenance for life at taxpayers expenses. This will win VOTES on TRUMP.