Anger and legal action threatened by some, after the Trump Administration announces the elimination of an Obama-era rule, protecting transgender health care patients from discrimination.
The announcement from the White House, coming during pride month, and 4 years to the day, since the mass shooting at the poplar LGBT Pulse Nightclub in Orlando, where 49 people were killed.
A 2016 rule had stated the Obamacare ban on sex discrimination extended to the basis of gender identity but the health and human service department today, saying that would be reversed.
In a statement, the Governor Cuomo said, “the Trump administration’s final rule rolling back healthcare nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQ people is repugnant… In New York State, discrimination based on gender identity or sexual orientation is illegal – period.”
The ACLU said in a tweet that they would be suing over the new ruling.
“During a time of so much violence against the transgender community in particular, my message to them is simple: We have your back, your healthcare will not be jeopardized because of this rule, and we will not stop fighting to ensure equal protections for every New Yorker,” Governor Cuomo added.