Congress sends open letter to Trump about LGBTQ bias

Sen. Dianne Feinstein

By Richard Hack

Senators Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) and Patty Murray (D-Wash.) and Representatives Jerrold Nadler (D-N.Y.) and Chris Pappas (D-N.H.) and 116 members of Congress today called on President Trump to direct the federal government to remove all regulations, executive orders and agency policies that discriminate against LGBTQ individuals.

The letter comes after the Supreme Court ruled in Bostock v. Clayton County that prohibitions on sex discrimination in federal civil rights laws extend to sexual orientation and gender identity discrimination.

“Since taking office, your administration has repeatedly issued dozens of regulatory and agency actions premised almost entirely on the claim that federal bans on sex discrimination do not prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity,” the members wrote. “This argument attempts to sanction discrimination against LGBTQ people in a broad range of critical arenas, including in employment, health care, housing, and education.”

The members continued: “The Supreme Court’s unambiguous rejection of these discriminatory arguments means that the harmful policies put in place by your administration to permit discrimination against the LGBTQ community must immediately be reviewed and revoked or revised to make clear that protections apply to all people regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity. The law requires this action.”

Richard Hack is an award-winning author and journalist. He Is LGBTQ Loyalty Holdings' Vice President of Content and Executive Editor of lgbtqloyalty.com.

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