Statements from HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra, Assistant Secretary for Health Admiral Rachel Levine, and Assistant Secretary for Global Affairs Loyce Pace on International Transgender Day of Awareness
Earlier in the day, HHS raised a transgender pride flag in front of its headquarters, becoming the first federal agency to do so. Picture below.
Today, hours after making history by raising the transgender pride flag outside the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) headquarters building, HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra, alongside Assistant Secretary of Health Admiral Rachel Levine and Assistant Secretary for Global Affairs Loyce Pace released the following statements to celebrate International Transgender Day of Visibility:
“Discrimination against transgender people and their loved ones has no place in this country,” Secretary Becerra said. “Here at HHS, we will continue to do everything in our power to protect health care for transgender people, including access to gender-affirming care. On this International Transgender Day of Visibility, I say to our transgender communities: we see you, we are with you, and we will be there for you.”
“The future for our community is brighter than for generations past, but even now progress is not real unless it means progress for all,” Admiral Levine said. “Together, we must stand up strongly for the most underserved and marginalized people in our community, including our trans youth and their families.”
“We all deserve a future free of discrimination based on gender identity,” Assistant Secretary Pace said. “At the Office of Global Affairs, we are committed to protecting and advancing that future by advocating for transgender rights here and abroad.”
In March, Secretary Becerra announced several immediate steps HHS is taking to support LGBTQI+ youth across the country, including:
- Publish guidance to state child welfare agencies through an information memorandum that makes it clear that states must use their child welfare systems to advance the safety and support of LGBTQI+ youth , which may include access to gender-affirming care;
- Issue guidelines on patient confidentiality to clarify that healthcare providers are not required to disclose private patient information related to gender-affirming care; and
- Issue guidelines making it clear that denials of health care based on gender identity are illegal, as are preventing doctors and health care providers from providing care because of a patient’s gender identity .
These and other actions are detailed on HHS LGBTQI+ websitewhich was updated ahead of today’s observance as part of the Department’s work to ensure transgender communities – youth, adults, families, caregivers and providers – have the resources they need to protect care health of transgender people.
If you believe you or another party has been discriminated against on the basis of gender identity or disability when seeking to access gender affirming care, visit the Rights Office Complaint Portal HHS civilians to file a complaint. in line.
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