Comment Kiki: Submitting Public Comments to Stop LGBTQ Healthcare Discrimination
Join the Resistance Squad at our upcoming action to prevent LGBTQ discrimination in healthcare. In early November the Administration announced that it would not enforce existing U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) regulations prohibiting discrimination in HHS-funded programs based on religion, sex, gender identity or sexual orientation. HHS then proposed a new rule that would give organizations who receive government funding a license to discriminate, regardless of the reason. People of minority faiths, women, and the LGBTQ community are among those who would be affected. HHS gives out more than $500 billion in grants and contracts every year. Taxpayer dollars should not be used to support discrimination. In addition to putting millions of lives at risk, this proposal directly undermines the mission of the HHS, which is to ensure the health and well-being of ALL Americans. Here are some examples of how you and your community could be impacted by this rule:

• Meals on Wheels and other community meal programs designed to support older adults could refuse to deliver food to older Americans who are Jewish, Muslim, or LGBTQ.
• An adoption agency could decide to keep a child in a group home rather than place them with a qualified same-sex couple, or a family that doesn't share the agency's religious beliefs.
• After-school programs could refuse to allow transgender youth to participate, simply because of their gender identity.
• Federally funded substance use prevention and treatment programs could refuse services to LGBTQ people or people who don’t share the religious beliefs of the agency.

We are collecting thousands of comments from LGBTQ advocates from across the country. We need YOU to help submit them. Join us for a fun night of music, laughter, and submitting comments on the HHS website to stop this administration from discriminating against the LGBTQ community.
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