Transgender rights

Trump admin. poised to rescind transgender health protections

Department of Health and Human Services building in Washington, DC.
Department of Health and Human Services building in Washington, DC. Photo: Saul Loeb/AFP/Getty Images

The Trump administration is set to propose new rules that would roll back health care protections for transgender people, making it easier for doctors, hospitals and insurance companies to deny them coverage by invoking religious reasons, reports the Washington Post.

Details: The administration signaled its intention earlier this month in an ongoing legal challenge in Texas, which seeks to invalidate the Obama-era, anti-discrimination rule that listed gender identity and transgender people as protected classes. Trump’s Health and Human Services Department said in a court filing that the word "sex ... does not refer to gender identity."

Some state National Guards refuse to enforce transgender military ban

Members of the Arizona National Guard
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The National Guards in Nevada, Washington State and Oregon have joined California and New Mexico in defying the Trump administration's new policy, banning transgender military personnel, reports The Daily Beast.

Details: Helen Kalla, communications director for Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak (D), told the outlet that the state "does not discriminate against anyone, including and especially servicemembers, based on gender identity or expression" and that "Governor Sisolak believes the only criteria to serve in the Nevada National Guard is one’s readiness to serve." Oregon Gov. Kate Brown and a spokesperson for Washington State Gov. Jay Inslee echoed similar sentiments.