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Monday October 22, 2018 

LGBTQIA2+ and Civil Rights Organizations Respond to Trump-Pence Admin Plan to Erase Non-Discrimination Protections for LGBTQIA2+ People Across Federal Agencies

Immediately following the press conference, the coalition of organizations will lead a march to the White House to rally against the Trump-Pence administration’s impending attack on the LGBTQIA2+ community

WASHINGTON — On Monday morning, a coalition of LGBTQ and civil rights organizations will hold a press conference at 11:00 AM at the Human Rights Campaign in response to an explosive New York Times report that the Trump-Pence Administration intends to redefine “sex” to intentionally exclude LGBTQ people and their families from non-discrimination protections. Immediately following the press conference, the coalition of organizations will lead a march to the front of the White House to rally against the Trump-Pence administration’s impending attack on the LGBTQ community.


Mara Keisling, Executive Director, National Center for Transgender Equality

Fatima Goss Graves, President, National Women’s Law Center (tentative)

JoDee Winterhof, Senior Vice President for Policy and Political Affairs, Human Rights Campaign

Rea Carey, Executive Director, National LGBTQ Task Force

Masen DavisChief Executive Officer, Freedom for All Americans

Laura Durso, Vice President, LGBTQ Research and Communications Project, Center for American Progress

Andrea Ferrell-Zabala, Director of Strategic Partnerships, Planned Parenthood Action Fund

Aryah Lester, Conference Coordinator, National Minority AIDS Council

Sharon McGowan, Chief Strategy Officer and Legal Director, Lambda Legal

Ruby Corado, Executive Director, Casa Ruby 

Ian Thompson, Senior Legislative Representative, American Civil Liberties Union

Additional Speakers from LGBTQIA2+ and civil rights organizations

WHAT:  Press Conference & Protest Rally Responding to HHS Proposal

WHERE:  Human Rights Campaign, 1640 Rhode Island Ave. NW, Washington, D.C. 20036

WHEN:  Monday, October 22, 2018, at 11:00 AM

All interested media should RSVP to

According to the New York Times, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is planning to release regulations narrowly defining “sex” in a way that guts enforcement of existing civil rights protections for LGBTQ people. The Administration’s plans are in direct conflict with a growing trend in federal court decisions affirming that sexual orientation and gender identity are covered under our nation’s civil rights laws which prohibit discrimination based on “sex.” This is the latest effort in a consistent, multi-pronged campaign by the Trump-Pence White House over the past two years to undermine the rights and welfare of LGBTQ people.

HHS will likely also encourage other federal agencies to follow suit in their severely restrictive and narrow definition. The administration’s decision could have severe consequences for LGBTQ people across the federal government.

For example:

  • Same-sex couples and their families could be turned away from emergency shelters
  • A transgender person could have their insurance deny them coverage for transition related care
  • A gay man could be harassed about being gay at a job skills training
  • An elderly same-sex couple could be denied in home meal service
  • A transgender woman could be turned away from a hospital for a broken ankle

The Equality Act would finally add clear, comprehensive non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people to our nation’s civil rights laws. In addition to having bipartisan support in Congress with 246 cosponsors, 117 major corporations have also joined HRC’s Business Coalition for the Equality Act. Discrimination is a real and persistent problem for far too many LGBTQ Americans. HRC polling has found that nearly two-thirds of self-identified LGBTQ Americans report experiencing discrimination.

The Human Rights Campaign is America’s largest civil rights organization working to achieve equality for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people. HRC envisions a world where LGBTQ people are embraced as full members of society at home, at work and in every community.

The National Center for Transgender Equality advocates to change policies and society to increase understanding and acceptance of transgender people. In the nation’s capital and throughout the country, NCTE works to replace disrespect, discrimination, and violence with empathy, opportunity, and justice.

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