Social Issues

US Retracts LGBTQ Healthcare Protection

Posted on: Tue 16 Jun 2020

In the last week, the Trump administration has finalised a regulation revoking discrimination protections for transgender people – made during the Obama administration. This endangers members of the LGBTQI+ community to refusal of healthcare by doctors, hospitals and health insurance companies.

The ruling is particularly controversial coinciding with the four year anniversary of the 2016 Pulse nightclub massacre in Orlando, and being finalised during the middle of Pride Month – intersecting with the ongoing BLM protests. Transgender women of colour show disproportionately high rates of fatal violence.

This decision has been made as part of the recent effort of the US Government to narrow the legal definition of sex discrimination to pertain only to gender, rather than incorporating transgender citizens.

Radio Adelaide’s US Correspondent, Taylor Kaplan, joins Breakfast’s Tom Mann and Zoe Kounadis to discuss this news and other recent developments from The States. You can read more from Taylor at

Produced by Leon Bishop

Image sourced: mathiaswasik


Other stories