ICYMI: Public Policy Update
NBJC Applauds the Obama Administration's Actions to Halt Anti-LGBTQ State Laws & Policies
On May 9, Attorney General Loretta Lynch delivered a passionate commitment of the federal government to fight anti-transgender legislation like HB 2 in North Carolina. The Attorney General also announced that the Department of Justice filed a lawsuit against North Carolina on the grounds that HB 2 violated Title VII of the Civil Rights Act prohibiting discrimination against workers on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, and religion. See full historic announcement HERE.
The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services finalized the rule that codifies broad nondiscrimination protections for LGBT people health facilities, programs and activities receiving federal funding under the under the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Known as Section 1557, this final rule clarifies these protections under ACA that ensure access to health insurance coverage and health care for all individuals, regardless of their gender identity or nonconformity with "sex stereotypes." Read HHS press release on the final rule HERE.
- The U.S. Departments of Education and Justice released joint guidance on May 13 which outlined clear nondiscrimination protections guaranteed to transgender students in our nation. Under the guidance, all schools receiving federal money must allow students to use the restroom and locker rooms for which gender they identify as. A school could lose funding under Title IX, if they discriminate based on a student's sex, including a student's transgender status. On May 25, 11 states filed suit against this mandate and is currently pending in federal court. Learn more about the guidance HERE.
This welcomed progress from the Obama Administration highlights the importance of elections and electing leaders that will work to empower our communities.May the current onslaught of anti-LGBT measures and laws at the state level mobilize us all to vote -- not just this presidential year-- but in every election moving forward. Our lives matter and the way we ensure they matter is through the power of the vote. We stand on the shoulders of our ancestors who literally risked their lives so that we would be able to live in a more open and equitable world. We must never forget this history and responsibility to vote ensuring that their plight was not in vain.
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