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Summary: On May 10, 2021, the US Department of Health and Human Services announced that the Office for Civil Rights will interpret and enforce Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act and Title IX’s prohibitions on discrimination based on sex to include discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. GLMA applauds HHS Secretary Xavier Becerra for his leadership, and looks forward to working with Secretary Becerra and his team to fully implement today’s reversal and address all the concerns raised in the lawsuit.

Summary: On March 31, 2021, International Transgender Day of Visibility, GLMA condemns the spate of legislative attacks on healthcare for transgender youth in states across the US. Just two days before TDOV, the Arkansas legislature became the first in the US to adopt a ban on gender-affirming care for trans youth. GLMA President Scott Nass, MD, MPA, FAAFP, AAHIVS, and Executive Director Hector Vargas, JD, issued a statement honoring the struggle, strength, and resilience of trans people, including many of GLMA's members, and calling on health professionals to use their voices to counter medically unsubstantiated legislation targeting the health and lives of trans youth.

Summary: On March 24, 2021, the US Senate voted to confirm Rachel Levine, MD as Assistant Secretary for Health in the US Department of Health and Human Services. With this confirmation, Rachel Levine has made history as the highest ranking openly transgender person to serve in the US government and the first transgender nominee to be confirmed by the Senate. Her confirmation is a step in rebuilding the trust that has been lost through the previous administration’s unprecedented attacks on LGBTQ people, especially on transgender health.

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