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We’re tracking the administration's constant attempts to erase LGBTQ people, communities of color, undocumented people, and women from the federal agenda.   

Pushing the United Nations to erase all mentions of sexual and reproductive rights. Emboldening health care workers to deny services to LGBTQ patients. Trying to remove civil rights protections from transgender people by redefining gender.

Since taking office, the Trump-Pence administration has directed federal agencies to repeatedly attack communities that already face disproportionate discrimination. By censoring reports, editing websites, and issuing regulations, the administration is quietly erasing the reproductive rights and health care needs of communities of color, LGBTQ folks, women, and undocumented people.

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Altogether, the attacks add up to a concerted effort to harm communities by weakening their federal protections against discrimination in health care — and even disrupt their access to care. The threat is especially pronounced for people who live at the intersection of multiple identities. For example, a queer immigrant woman would feel the effects of the Trump administration’s homophobic, racist, sexist, and anti-immigrant policies on multiple fronts.

The response to the attacks has been ferocious — with transgender people and allies across the country, for example, rallying before the White House to say: regardless of attacks by the Trump-Pence administration, trans communities #WontBeErased.

This list is regularly updated.

Censoring Public Documents

  • Women's health care information removed: Lifesaving information on detection, treatment, and access to no-cost screenings for breast cancer was removed from the website of the Department of Health and Human Services’ (HHS) Office on Women’s Health. (Late 2017)
  • Report on sexual assault removed: TheTrump-Pence administration removed a  2014 report on sexual violence —  “Rape And Sexual Assault: Renewed Call To Action” — from the White House website. (August 2017)

  • Lesbian and bisexual women's health care information removed: HHS deleted resources for lesbian and bisexual women from its women’s health website. Learn more (Fall 2017)

  • Health-related words are banned: The White House directed the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) to omit a list of forbidden words — including fetus, evidence-based, transgender, and diversity — from the agency’s budget request. Learn more (December 2017) 

  • Health care information removed: The State Department removed information on reproductive health and racial, ethnic, and sexual discrimination from its annual report on global human rights. Read more (February 2018)

  • Inclusive immigration language removed: In the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services office deleted the longstanding description of the U.S. as a “nation of immigrants” from its mission statement. (February 2018)

  • Mentions of contraception, abortion, and sex education removed: Officials from HHS, the Agency for International Development, and the U.S. Mission to the United Nations pressed dignitaries at the UN Commission on the Status of Women to remove references to contraception, abortion, and sex education from a statement laying out global standards for gender equality. (March 2018)

  • Options for transgender and nonbinary people removed: The State Department deleted a resource on “Gender Designation Change” from its passport-services site — posting a “Change of Sex Marker” page in its place. An FAQ section on the new page specifically ruled out addresses identities other than ‘male’ or ‘female’ on U.S. passports. (September 2018)

  • Mentions of gender removed from global human rights documents: It was reported that the U.S. Mission to the United Nations pressed a UN committee to delete inclusive references to “gender” from human rights documents — proposing to replace the word, in most instances, with “women.” (October 2018)

  • Sexual and reproductive health terms banned: Reports emerged about talks in the State Department to ban the use of terms such as “sexual and reproductive health” and “comprehensive sexuality education” — on the apparent grounds that such language “promote[s] abortion and sexual activity among young people.” (October 2018)

  • Information removed on how to access health care: The HealthCare.gov website removed information on how to apply for open enrollment for the Affordable Care Act. The information was removed just days before the enrollment deadline, when many users would be accessing the website. (December 2018)

Reshaping Policy to Remove Protections

  • Beginning in July 2017, Trump made his first of multiple attempts to block transgender people from serving in the military. Uncertainty about the validity and possible implementation of the order have reportedly made would-be recruits and trans servicemembers more reluctant to join or remain in the armed services.
  • In October 2017, HHS issued a rule that would allow employers and universities to opt out of covering birth control — essential care that nine out of 10 sexually active women have relied on in their lifetime. Learn more.

  • In October 2017, former Attorney General Jeff Sessions reversed a Department of Justice (DOJ) determination that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 — which prohibits sex discrimination — must be interpreted as protecting transgender people from employment discrimination.

  • In January 2018, HHS issued a rule that would expand health care workers’ ability to deny health services to patients — which would disproportionately affect LGBQ patients, transgender people, and women. Learn more.

  • In October 2018, the administration proposed new rules to make it more difficult for immigrants with low incomes to enter or stay in the U.S. Its so-called “public charge” rule  would deter immigrants, refugees, and their families from accessing health care and other important services. Learn more.

  • In October 2018, the State Department withdrew visa eligibility from same-sex domestic partners of foreign diplomats and United Nations employees in the U.S. — imposing hardship on couples from countries with no legal recognition of same-sex marriage. The State Department minimized the impact of the change by offering the spin that “same-sex spouses of U.S. diplomats now enjoy the same rights and benefits as opposite-sex spouses.”

  • In November 2018, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos proposed plans to remove Obama-era Title IX protections for survivors of campus sexual assault. Already, 77 percent of sexual assaults go unreported. The proposed changes would make it even more difficult for survivors of sexual violence to come forward. Learn more.

Using ‘Alternative Facts’

  • In October 2017, HHS released a draft strategic plan that defined life as “beginning at conception.” In a departure from previous strategic plans, the draft also eliminated references to LGBTQ people and people of color. Learn more.
  • In January 2018, reports emerged that the director of HHS’s Office of Refugee Resettlement, Scott Lloyd, considered pushing unproven “abortion reversal” on young undocumented immigrants in his care. Learn more.

  • In July 2018, the Council of Economic Advisors tried to justify the administration’s plans to restrict access to programs designed for Americans with low incomes — such as Medicaid and SNAP food assistance — by falsely declaring that America’s war on poverty was “largely over and a success.” (Poverty rates for children and adults under 65 have in fact changed little since 1970.)

  • In September 2018, Trump rejected studies showing that nearly 3,000 Americans had died after the 2017 landfall of Hurricane Maria in Puerto Rico. A White House spokesperson, when asked about the president’s remark, blamed “liberal media and the San Juan Mayor who sadly, have tried to exploit the devastation by pushing out a constant stream of misinformation and false accusations.”

  • In October 2018, Trump rejected multiple charges of sexual abuse leveled against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh by Dr. Christine Blasey Ford and others — labeling the allegations “a hoax” and purporting to apologize “on behalf of our nation” for “terrible pain and suffering” that Kavanaugh, in the president’s account, was “forced to endure.”

  • Also in October 2018 — close to a year after the worldwide #MeToo movement of survivors of sexual assault and harassment rose to prominence — President Trump described the present day as “a very scary time for young men,” while adding that “women are doing great.”

  • In October, it was revealed that HHS was considering a new definition of gender that would exclude transgender people. Learn more.

Ignoring the Needs of Communities

Suppressing Communities

  • Beginning in January 2017, Trump made several attempts to impose a “Muslim ban” — arbitrarily barring entry to the country by people with passports from seven predominantly Muslim countries, even when arriving travelers had permanent resident status in the United States.
  • In March 2017, the Census Bureau announced that it plans to make no attempt to identify LGBTQ Americans in the 2020 census — which would leave the country without a measure of the LGBTQ population and where it lives, and potentially lead to underfunding services of particular value to LGBTQ communities. Learn more.

  • In May 2017, HHS removed questions about sexual orientation and gender identity from its annual survey of older residents of the U.S. who use the department’s services. The deletion increases the difficulty of targeting — or winning funding for — services of particular help to older LGBTQ people.

  • Between July 2017 and July 2018, the armed forces discharged more than 500 immigrants recruited across the globe for their language or medical expertise in exchange for a path to U.S. citizenship. The abrupt discharges deprived military personnel of access to the recruits’ medical services — and denied the recruits’ access to health coverage and other benefits of enlistment.

  • In September 2017, President Trump tried to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program — which allowed hundreds of thousands of immigrants brought to the United States as children to legally get jobs, go to school, and support their families. Learn more.

  • In March 2018, the Census Bureau announced it would add a question about U.S. citizenship status to the 2020 census — a move that would reduce participation by documented and undocumented residents. Among the consequences of any resulting undercounts: reduced services and congressional representation in areas with large immigrant populations. Learn.

  • In April 2018, HHS turned down requests by Native American tribal leaders to exempt members of tribes from proposed Medicaid work requirements — arguing that respect for tribal sovereignty would amount to preferential treatment.  

  • In September 2018, it came to light that the State Department had rejected passport applications and renewal requests for numerous Hispanic residents of the U.S.-Mexico border region — stranding some holders of U.S. birth certificates outside of the United States, and resulting in the jailing of others in detention centers for deportation proceedings.  

  • Over the course of 2017 and 2018, the Trump administration tried to rescind Temporary Protected Status from over 300,000 immigrants in the United States — attempting to force them to return to countries wracked by violence or reeling from catastrophic natural disasters.

Photographic Erasure

The administration isn’t just erasing inclusive references to gender, sexuality, and ethnicity from its documents and statements. It’s also reshaping who has a seat at the table. Photographs show a group of decision makers that’s overwhelmingly white and male.

This is more evidence of the administration’s deliberate decision to sideline people of color and women from government of, by, and for the people.

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