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Amos: Gays in military could ‘cost Marines’ lives’

SLDN calls for Marine Corps general’s resignation

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Gay rights groups are fuming over remarks that the Marine Corps’ top general made on Tuesday suggesting that open service in the military would lead to lost lives on the battlefield.

On Tuesday, Marine Corps Commandant Gen. James Amos reiterated his opposition to ending “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” and suggested the presence of openly gay people in the U.S. military could be a distraction that would result in additional fatalities.

“When your life hangs on the line, you don’t want anything distracting … Mistakes and inattention or distractions cost Marines’ lives,” Amos said, according to the Washington Post.

The general cited the recently released Pentagon study on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” which found that discontent over open service is higher in the Marine Corps than in other services. 

According to the report, while only 30 percent of service members generally thought serving alongside openly gay people would have a negative impact on performance, the percentage jumped to 43 percent for responders in the Marine Corps and 58 percent for responders in the Marine combat arms units.

Amos reportedly continued that Marines don’t want a “distraction” that “may have an effect on cohesion” and said he doesn’t want to “permit that opportunity to happen.”

“I’ll tell you why,” Amos was quoted as saying. “If you go up to Bethesda [Naval] hospital . . . Marines are up there with no legs, none. We’ve got Marines at Walter Reed [Army Medical Center] with no limbs.”

Amos reportedly continued: “I don’t need a staff study. I don’t need to hire three PhDs to tell me what to interpret it. I’ve got Marines that came back to me as their commandant and said, we have concerns. So if they have concerns, I do, too. It’s as simple as that.”

In Senate testimony earlier this month, Amos recommended that Congress not act to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” although he said at the time the Marine Corps could implement a change in law if so ordered.

In a statement, Aubrey Sarvis, executive director of the Servicemembers Legal Defense Network, chided Amos for his remarks and said he needs to “fall in line and salute or resign now.”

“Those fear tactics are not in the interest of any service member,” Sarvis said. “The General’s goal is to kill repeal no matter the consequences, perhaps at the dereliction of his other duties.”

Sarvis said Amos needs to stop lobbying against the president, the defense secretary and the chair of the Joint Chiefs of Staff — who have called on Congress to repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.” If not, Sarvis said the president should “ask for his resignation.”

Fred Sainz, the Human Rights Campaign’s vice president of programs, also blasted Amos for his remarks and said he should fall in line with Defense Secretary Robert Gates and Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff Adm. Mike Mullen, who favor repeal.

“General Amos should be listening to his two bosses, the defense secretary and the joint chiefs chairman,” Sainz said. “Both have made it clear that a gradual and orderly process carried about by the Pentagon as a result of legislative repeal is a far better alternative than a judge’s decision that could bring about repeal overnight.”

On Tuesday, when asked by The Advocate to respond to Amos’ remarks, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs reiterated his talking points that President Obama and Gates’ positions on “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” repeal are “fairly well known.”

“I think the president, as the commander-in-chief, has a strong viewpoint, I think backed up by the survey conducted by the Pentagon as to the attitude of the men and women in our military, that this can be done in a way that strengthens our national security, preserves the best fighting force in the world, and most importantly does away with a policy that he doesn’t think is just,” Gibbs said.

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  1. Michael @ LeonardMatlovich.com

    December 14, 2010 at 5:49 pm

    The contrast of a President with guts such as Truman and Obama just keeps growing. Not only did Truman ignore much GREATER racism in the military, Congress, and society than the level of homophobia today, and order the forces racially integrated, but when the most popular General in the country, Douglas MacArthur, head of allied forces in Korea, publicly disagreed with Truman over his “limited-war strategy,” Truman FIRED HIM IN THE MIDDLE OF THE WAR!

    Obama has not only refused to use his unequivocal legal powers under federal law 10 USC 12305 to freeze discharges in the name of national security—thus rendering DADT moot—but he’s let two Marine Commasshats in a row get away with publicly saying HE’s hurting the Corps, and, thus, national security, by at least verbally supporting ending the ban.

    Can someone PLEASE write Santa and ask him to leave some political Viagra under the White House Christmas tree? http://tinyurl.com/248svd5

  2. Tim

    December 14, 2010 at 7:16 pm

    This bigot marine corp general that Obama appointed has got a lot of nerve going on about gay service members. I think its time the Obama called for his resignation, and if it isn’t offered, then fire the S.O.B.

  3. Mike

    December 14, 2010 at 9:19 pm

    Gen. Amos has failed to provide a single example on how repeal of DADT would provide a fatal distraction.

    “A macho thing”? He makes the argument that gay men can’t be tough, and stereotypes an entire group of people. He seems to imply recruiting centers will be be inundated with glitter and show tunes. I’m tired of the argument that repealing DADT will harm troop morale and become a distraction while there’s not an ounce of evidence to support a disturbance. He could make a similar claims about women. I’m reading between the lines, but it seems to me that in his talk of macho camaraderie he may also not have the best attitude about women in the marines.

    As a gay medical student, I completely ruled out the military due to DADT, despite having several family members in the military and otherwise an interest in serving. There is a shortage of medical professionals. From my experience it must happen with great frequency. One of my friends is also fluent in Arabic, completed a masters in military operations, but was so alienated by the policy that he chose a different career path. The military is excluding people that are highly qualified with special skills to keep our troops safe.

    A couple of my gay peers are committed to the military service through medical scholarships. Their personal lives have suffered. While the military goes out of their way to make sure partners of straight service members are taken care of, they don’t recognize gay couples and forces men and women to deny their partners’ existence, making it difficult to impossible to maintain a meaningful relationships. Gay and lesbian service members have made great sacrifices, and in many cases foregone relationships for the sake of serving their country. It is time that the government has the decency to recognize their sacrifices.

  4. DANIEL CURZON

    December 14, 2010 at 9:23 pm

    The way to bring complete equality to the US military regarding DADT is the following; Any persons who refer in any way to their heterosexuality, such as marriage, engagement, children, divorce, flings, affairs, or interest, should be immediately kicked out and lose their jobs. Fair is only fair . . . and equal.

  5. Jerry

    December 14, 2010 at 10:42 pm

    So much protesting makes me wonder why this pathetic loser is afraid of open service. Does it take away his ability to use threats of discharge to get Marines to drop their pants and grab their ankles for him?

  6. Phillip

    December 14, 2010 at 11:15 pm

    Its his own opinion and the opinion of a large percentage of his Marines that he is expressing. He already stated that if the law was put in place that the Marine Corps would be able to implement it. So he is not refusing the order he is just adding, his and a large part of the Marine Corps opinion. Marines will, and always have done what their country has asked of them. And the next time you want to rant about someone pick a person who hasn’t spent their entire life in service to their country.

    • Alan

      December 18, 2010 at 6:43 am

      I spent 25 years in the Navy “Phillip” and even in those bygone days I lived discreetly and faced little or no harassment. I’m now a civil service employee with the Marines and find them to be the biggest bunch of bigoted, racist, sexist, homophobic and semi-literate neanderthals in the military establishment. To
      Kommandant Amos and his stormtroopers: follow the order that’s on it’s way or get the HELL out!

  7. customartist

    December 15, 2010 at 9:31 am

  8. Peter the saint

    December 15, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    Ha… “straight” marines prefer to have sexual encounters with other “straight” marines, not the “gay” ones. Because then they’re all still “straight”! Again, ha ;) It’s anything non-macho that makes them crazy, and having it discussed openly makes them anxious and nervous… anything non-ultramacho = feminine (to them), and the feminine (feeling, nurturing) is to be shunned and avoided at all costs. They’ve been trained/brainwashed to interpret that as weakness, unfortunately. Too bad for them and too bad for us. Especially when we now ask them to sit down and have tea with the locals in Afghanistan, and TALK to them. Sheeeesh.

  9. Micheal Davidson

    December 17, 2010 at 9:47 am

    I work out at Vida Vitness at Verizon Center. You can’t even get dressed in the locker room without all of the gays cruising you. It is nearly criminal how bold these men are at Vida. It is worse than a stalker or Peeping Tom. Considering that it so bad in the gym locker room, what makes you think that gays will control themselves in military showers? Cruising is an art form in your gay world, not the real world. Gays should not be open in the military.

  10. Tim

    December 18, 2010 at 8:05 am

    This leader of the marine corp. is an embarrasing example of pure homophobia…he should be THANKING his gay marines for risking their lives every day..but oh no…instead..the straight marine is going to be soooo upset that he knows another marine is gay that he is going to step on a land mine and lose his legs…um…crazy…your table for one is now ready!

  11. Mike

    December 18, 2010 at 8:11 am

    Michael…using your poor example of locker room cruising is what your side has come down to..every country ..all 30 of them that have open gays serving..dont have any problems…but all of the sudden..only American will..you cant deny rights to people based on YOUR locker room experience…there is something called freedom of speech in this country..and to force someone to lie about themselves shows nothing but a lack of integrity. There are already 66,0000 estimated gays in the military..and not one of them or those 14,000 discharged were discharges because they were “checking out” someone in the shower…they are professionals there to do a job..and they do it well, they are willing to take a bullet so you have the freedom to write what you wrote on this blog..show them some respect.

  12. Tom

    December 18, 2010 at 8:14 am

    oh Michael….you seem to only discrimate against gays….have you ever heard of the “tail hook” scandal…seems like by far the straights in the military are the ones who cannot control themselves..open up some papers and see how many are charged with Rape, date rape etc…and I think by far you will see that the straight soldiers have way more sexual scandals…so should we not allow them into the military????

  13. Gary

    December 18, 2010 at 8:19 am

    When Truman ordered the integration of blacks into the military..80% of America was opposed..now 75% of Americans and 70% of military say repeal with have a positive or have no negative effect…58% of marines are against repeal but out of those 58%..92% state they think they have served with Gays and had a positive combat unit effectivness…the pentagon report AND The report in 1993 show that this policy is BAD for the military..so why is there ANY reason to deny gays from serving openly??
    Oh, I forgot…many people hate gays and want to continue to relegate them to 2nd class citizens…forgot about the power of the SUPER minority!!!!

  14. Ken

    December 18, 2010 at 8:23 am

    Phillip..we cant rant about a marine all we want….we respect him for doing his job..but for him and McCain to use disgusting scare tactics like..”I dont want to have to visit a marine who lost his legs because he was upset by a change in policy”..is ludicris. There are also MANY gay servicemembers that dont get respected and have to live a lie and are denied their freedom of speech..and least AMOS gets to state his opinion and not lose his job…his fellow gay marines deserve the same right.

  15. Phillip

    December 18, 2010 at 8:21 pm

    Ken… we in the military gave up many rights when we signed up, we gave up the right to free speech, the right to be overweight, to grow our hair in any way we want, and many other rights that everyone else enjoys. Now what makes it any different when we say that someone doesn’t have the right to be openly gay? They can have their own desires privately, but to be open about something that is going to ruin the cohesiveness of a unit and therefore its effectiveness is counterproductive. The military has never catered to an individuals personal needs or desires that is what boot camp is all about, so why should they start catering now?

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Texas House approves anti-trans youth sports bill

HB 25 now heads to state Senate

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GenderCool Project leader and Trans activist Landon Richie (Photo courtesy of Landon Richie)

Texas House Republicans were able to push through the anti-trans youth sports measure Thursday evening after hours of emotional and at times rancorous debate, passing the bill in a 76-54 vote along party lines.

Under the provisions of Texas House Bill 25, all trans student athletes in grades K-12 will be prohibited from competing on sports teams aligned with their gender identity. The bill will now head to the Senate, where it is expected to pass.

The Texas Tribune reported that the University Interscholastic League, which governs school sports in Texas, already requires that an athlete’s gender be determined by the sex listed on their birth certificate. Republican Rep. Valoree Swanson, R-Spring, the author of HB 25 has said the bill would simply “codify” existing UIL rules.

However, UIL recognizes any legally modified birth certificates. That policy could accommodate someone who may have had their birth certificate changed to match their gender identity, which can sometimes be an arduous process.

HB 25 would not allow recognition of these legally modified birth certificates unless changes were made because of a clerical error. It’s not clear though how it will be determined if a birth certificate has been legally modified or not. According to the UIL, the process for checking student birth certificates is left up to schools and districts, not the UIL the Tribune reported.

“To say that tonight’s passage of HB 25 is devastating is an understatement. For the past 10 grueling, exhausting, and deeply traumatic months, trans youth have been forced to debate their very existence—only to be met by the deaf ears and averted eyes of our state’s leaders,” Landon Richie, a GenderCool Project leader, University of Houston student and Transactivist told the Washington Blade after the vote.

“Make no mistake: This bill will not only have detrimental impacts on trans youth, who already suffer immense levels of harassment and bullying in schools, but also on cisgender youth who don’t conform to Texas’s idea of ‘male’ or ‘female.’ To trans kids everywhere: you belong, you are loved, you are valued, you are deserving of dignity, respect, care and the ability to live freely as your true and authentic selves, no matter where you are. We will never stop fighting for trans lives and a future where trans kids are unequivocally and unwaveringly celebrated for who they are,” Richie said.

“The cruelty of this bill is breathtaking, and the legislators who are pushing it forward are doing irreparable harm to our state. Texas is a place where people value freedom and respect for diversity. This bill is a betrayal of those cherished values, and future generations will look back on this moment in disbelief that elected officials supported such an absurd and hateful measure,” Shannon Minter, legal director for the National Center for Lesbian Rights told the Blade. “The families of these kids deserve better, and the burden is now on the rest of us to do everything in our power to stop this dangerous bill now,” he added.

During the debate on the measure, state Rep. James Talarico, (D-Round Rock), a former middle school teacher, began his remarks by apologizing to the trans kids and families who have gone to the Capitol time and time again this year. He tells the chamber he speaks now as a legislator, and educator, and a Christian.

He quoted Republican Rep. Valoree Swanson, R-Spring, the author of HB 25 who said “if one girl wins a game, it’s worth it.” He says he has a different moral yardstick. “If one trans kid dies for a trophy, this bill is grotesque.”

He ended speaking to his “fellow believers” in the chamber. “The worst part in these hearings have been in hearing the Bible used against trans kids to support these bills. Even tonight, ‘God’s law’ was used to present an amendment.” He then quoted the first two lines of the Bible, where God is referred to with two different Hebrew words, one masculine/one feminine. “God is non-binary.” He then prevented an interruption in the chamber and continued telling trans kids that he loves them.

Fellow Democratic state Rep. Jessica González, (D-Dallas County), vice-chair of the Texas House LGBTQ Caucus asked the chamber how many trans Texas kids they are willing to hurt. She reminded her fellow representatives that cisgender women and girls will also be hurt by the bill. She shared a personal story about being outed in high school by a friend, having her locker, home, and car vandalized and losing all of her friends. “Kids are cruel.”

González told lawmakers that her brother encouraged her to try out for soccer, and she was bullied with comments like “shouldn’t she be trying out for the boys’ team.” She went from feeling a bit accepted to being an outsider again. She then reflected on carrying those feelings into adulthood and said that this bill will have long-term affects on trans kids. She asked legislators to listen to the stories of the trans kids who have bravely testified, saying kids will contemplate suicide or complete suicide.

Representative Diego Bernal, (D-San Antonio), told the chamber that some representatives can’t wrap their heads around knowing that there is no problem but there is *real* harm to trans kids, and for whatever reason, that’s not enough it seems to stop moving these bills.

He said that he has heard “if they already have mental health issues and suicide ideation, this can’t make it worse” and “if the debate is harming them, let’s just vote.” The he breaks down the Texas statute’s definition of bullying, telling lawmakers, “The bullying statute doesn’t have an intent requirement. It doesn’t matter if you don’t mean to cause them harm. We are bullying these students. Know that by law … our own definitions and our own words, we are. And we don’t have to.”

“Texas lawmakers voted today to deliberately discriminate against transgender children. Excluding transgender students from participating in sports with their peers violates the Constitution and puts already vulnerable youth at serious risk of mental and emotional harm,” Adri Perez, policy and advocacy strategist at the ACLU of Texas said in a statement to the Blade.

“There is no evidence that transgender kids pose any threat. It is indefensible that legislators would force transgender youth and their families to travel to Austin to defend their own humanity, then blatantly ignore hours of testimony about the real damage this bill causes. Trans kids and their families deserve our love and support—they’ve been fighting this legislation for months. Texans will hold lawmakers accountable for their cruelty,” she added.

The statewide LGBTQ+ advocacy group Equality Texas in a tweet after the vote said; ” We will not stop fighting to protect transgender children.” Then added “We’ll continue to educate lawmakers—replacing misinformation with real stories—and demand the statewide and federal nondiscrimination protections we need to prevent further harms.”

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LGBTQ Youth web resource gone after Texas GOP candidate complained

Removal of the LGBTQ youth resource webpage appeared to be strictly political the Houston Chronicle reported

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Anti-LGBTQ Republican Don Huffines (Screenshot via Twitter)

AUSTIN – A late August video tweet from a wealthy Dallas-based real estate development company executive and conservative Republican gubernatorial challenger, blamed fellow Republican incumbent Texas Governor Greg Abbott for endorsing an LGBTQ+ agenda, because of the existence of a state online resource webpage for LGBTQ youth.

Within hours it was pulled down by the state’s Department of Family and Protective Services, (DFPS) the agency responsible for the page.

In an article published Tuesday, the Houston Chronicle reported that Don Huffines claimed tax dollars were being used to “advocate for transgender ideology.” Huffines also went on to say that DFPS was publishing “disturbing information about our youth.”

“They’re talking about helping empower and celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, questioning, intersex, asexual, ally, non-heterosexual behavior. I mean really? This is Texas. These are not Texas values. These are not Republican Party values, but these are obviously Greg Abbott’s values,” 

A message on the website states that the previous content is now under review.

According to the Chronicle, the website for the Texas Youth Connection, a division of Family and Protective Services that steers young people to various resources, including education, housing and those on its LGBTQ page as they prepare for life after foster care. It was replaced by a message that states, “The Texas Youth Connection website has been temporarily disabled for a comprehensive review of its content. This is being done to ensure that its information, resources, and referrals are current.”

LGBTQ+ activists and advocates are furious. Among the resources on the page for LGBTQ+ youth were critical information including for housing and information for suicide prevention and crisis assistance.

GenderCool Youth Leader, Trans rights activist and University of Houston student Landon Richie told the Blade Tuesday;

“This is deplorable. To Governor Abbott, LGBTQ+ youth are nothing more than pawns on a political chessboard. Despite his cries of protection and fairness in justification of this session’s unprecedented attacks on LGBTQ+ — especially trans — youth, it has never truly been about any of those things; it has always been about his power.

Now more than ever, LGBTQ+ youth deserve safety, protection, support, and affirmation from the state — this year alone, the Trevor Project received more than 10,800 crisis contacts from LGBTQ young people in Texas looking for support, as a result of this legislative session. LGBTQ+ youth deserve better than to be treated like they are as easily discardable as a webpage,” Richie said.

Shannon Minter, the Legal Director for the National Center for Lesbian Rights reacted telling the Blade in an emailed statement:

“Helping LGBTQ youth and their families prevent suicide is not a partisan issue, and any elected official who seeks to make it one has lost any sense of shame. This action by Governor Abbott is appalling and will needlessly harm vulnerable children and families who urgently need support.”

Removal of the page appeared to be strictly political the Chronicle reported.

Patrick Crimmins, the department spokesman, told the Chronicle that the review “is still ongoing” but declined to answer questions seeking more detail about why the website was removed or whether it had anything to do with Huffines.

But Family and Protective Services communications obtained through a public records request show that agency employees discussed removing the “Gender Identity and Sexual Orientation” page in response to Huffines’ tweet, shortly before taking it offline,” the paper wrote.

More telling was the events leading the page’s removal said the paper:

Thirteen minutes after Huffines’ video went up, media relations director Marissa Gonzales emailed a link to Crimmins, the agency’s communications director, under the subject line “Don Huffines video accusing Gov/DFPS of pushing liberal transgender agenda.”

FYI. This is starting to blow up on Twitter,” Gonzales wrote.

Crimmins then queried Darrell Azar, DFPS’ web and creative services director, about who oversees the page. “Darrell — please note we may need to take that page down, or somehow revise content,” he wrote.

Late Tuesday afternoon, the Trevor Project, the world’s largest suicide prevention and crisis intervention organization for LGBTQ youth weighed in on the Chronicle’s reporting in an emailed statement to the Blade.

LGBTQ youth are overrepresented in the child welfare system — and those who have been in foster care report significantly higher rates of attempting suicide. It is unconscionable that the Texas state government would actively remove vital suicide prevention resources from its website for the sole purpose of appeasing a rival politician. Mental health and suicide prevention are nonpartisan,” said Casey Pick, Senior Fellow for Advocacy and Government Affairs. “This story sends a terrible message to LGBTQ youth in Texas and will only contribute to the internalization of stigma and shame. We should be expanding access to support services for this group, not erasing what resources LGBTQ youth have to reach out for help.” 

The Chronicle reported that the deleted webpage also included links to the Texas chapters of PFLAG, a nationwide LGBTQ organization; a “national youth talk line” to discuss gender and sexual identity and various other issues; and LGBTQ legal services.

Huffines said the page also linked to a website operated by the Human Rights Campaign, a politically active LGBTQ advocacy group that he called “the Planned Parenthood of LGBT issues.”

Data on Texas:

  • Between January 1 and August 30, 2021, The Trevor Project received more than 10,800 crisis contacts (calls, texts, and chats) from LGBTQ young people in Texas looking for support. More than 3,900 of those crisis contacts (36%) came from transgender or nonbinary youth.
  • Crisis contacts from LGBTQ young people in Texas seeking support have grown over 150% when compared to the same time period in 2020.
  • While this volume of crisis contacts can not be attributed to any one factor (or bill), a qualitative analysis of the crisis contacts found that:
    • Transgender and nonbinary youth in Texas have directly stated that they are feeling stressed, using self-harm, and considering suicide due to anti-LGBTQ laws being debated in their state.
    • Some transgender and nonbinary youth have expressed fear over losing access to sports that provide important acceptance in their lives.

Additional Research: 

  • The Trevor Project estimates that more than 1.8 million LGBTQ youth (13-24) seriously consider suicide each year in the U.S. — and at least one attempts suicide every 45 seconds.
  • The Trevor Project’s 2021 National Survey on LGBTQ Youth Mental Health found that 42% of LGBTQ youth seriously considered attempting suicide in the past year, with more than half of transgender and nonbinary youth having seriously considered. 

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Colorado first state to require transgender care as essential health benefit

Biden officials sign off on change for state insurers

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Colorado has become the first state to require transition-related care for transgender people as essential health coverage.

Colorado has become the first state in the country to include transition-related care for transgender people as part of the requirements for essential health care in the state, the Biden administration announced on Tuesday.

As part of the change, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services approved the state’s request to provide gender-affirming care in the individual and small group health insurance markets as part of Colorado’s Essential Health Benefit benchmark.

Secretary of Health & Human Services Xavier Becerra said in a statement the change is consistent with the Biden administration’s goal of eliminating barriers faced by transgender people in access in health care, including transition-related coverage.

“Health care should be in reach for everyone; by guaranteeing transgender individuals can access recommended care, we’re one step closer to making this a reality,” Becerra said in a statement. “I am proud to stand with Colorado to remove barriers that have historically made it difficult for transgender people to access health coverage and medical care.”

According to HHS, Colorado plan will require insurers to cover a wider range of services for transgender people in addition to benefits already covered, such as eye and lid modifications, face tightening, facial bone remodeling for facial feminization, breast/chest construction and reductions, and laser hair removal.

In addition to these changes, Colorado s also adding EHBs in the benchmark plan to include mental wellness exams and expanded coverage for 14 prescription drug classes, according to the HHS. These changes, per HHS, will take effect beginning on Jan. 1, 2023.

CMS Administrator Chiquita Brooks-LaSure said in a statement health care should be “accessible, affordable and delivered equitably to all, regardless of your sexual orientation” (notably leaving out gender identity from that quote).

“To truly break down barriers to care, we must expand access to the full scope of health care, including gender-affirming surgery and other treatments, for people who rely on coverage through Medicare, Medicaid & CHIP and the Marketplaces,” Brooks-LaSure said. “Colorado’s expansion of their essential health benefits to include gender-affirming surgery and other treatments is a model for other states to follow and we invite other states to follow suit.”

According to the Washington Post, Biden administration signed off on the change before officials made the announcement Tuesday in Denver in an event with Gov, Jared Polis, the first openly gay man elected governor in the United States.

Katie Keith, a lawyer and co-founder of Out2Enroll, is quoted in the Washington Post as saying despite the change significant issues remains for transgender people in health care.

“There’s been significant progress, but we’ve seen exclusions by some health plans — it got worse under the Trump administration — and that’s why it’s important to see states like Colorado stepping up to fill those gaps,” Keith is quoted as saying.

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