Washington - The Trump administration has finalized a regulation that overturns Obama-era protections for transgender people against sex discrimination in health care. Friday's action is certain to be challenged in court by LGBTQ+ groups and others.
The policy shift, applauded by the president’s religious and socially conservative supporters, means sex discrimination protections will be enforced according to a person’s biological sex.
The Obama regulation was based on a broader understanding of gender as a person’s internal sense of being male, female, neither or a combination. About 1.5 million Americans identify as transgender.
"It was like a really big slap to the community, you know." Says Bee Williams, a member of the transgender community. "On the anniversary of the 49 lives that were lost at the Pulse nightclub. That's like heartless for someone to do. Especially on the anniversary of the people who died."
Stonewall Alliance representative, Alyssa Larson says, "Having protections taken for transgender people is upsetting. I work with transgender folks. I'm afraid for my friends and my community."
The Trump administration has taken a series of actions to revoke newly won protections for LGBTQ people.