Federal Government Deleting Information for Queer Citizens: March 26 Debrief

Federal Government Deleting Information for Queer Citizens: March 26 Debrief


The Trump administration has released their
worst plan yet to stop trans people from serving in the military, and White House officials
are defying a court order to explain how they came up with it. Plus federal agencies are deleting resources
for queer citizens. We’ll have the week’s top LGBT news on
Weekly Debrief. Weekly Debrief is made possible by folks who
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— visit patreon.com/mattbaume or click the link in the description to help keep these
videos going. Late Friday night, the Trump administration
unveiled their latest attempt to kick trans people out of the military. Previously, the administration said that ALL
trans people should be barred from service, but multiple courts have ruled that because
there’s no reasonable basis for that policy, that would be unlawful discrimination. As a result, Trump’s bans have been blocked,
and trans people are currently able to serve. So now the administration is trying a slightly
different tactic. Their new policy would apply only to people
who have or are likely to transition — but that’s still just about all trans people,
so it’s not much of a change. And it’s still completely unjustifiable. Studies show that trans soldiers have no negative
impact on military readiness, and their medical costs only amount to 22 cents per person,
per day. Numerous civil rights groups are already engaged
in challenges to Trump’s various attempted bans. And while it’s looking likely that none
of the bans will stand up in court, it’ll still take a long time and millions of dollars
to fight. In the meantime, a judge has ordered the administration
they experts they consulted to come up with their policies. But this week Trump lawyers refused to hand
that information over. Their justification is that it would be a
security risk for people to know who’s giving the president advice. But a more likely explanation is that Trump
didn’t consult ANY experts, since multiple studies and top military officials have all
endorsed open trans service. Meanwhile, various government agencies are
continuing to eliminate resources and protections for LGBT citizens. At the Department of Housing and Urban Development,
Ben Carson has eliminated guidance for homeless shelters, directing them to accommodate trans
clients. At the Department of Education, Betsy DeVos
reaffirmed that she will continue to ignore reports of queer students denied access to
school facilities. And the Department of Health and Human Services
has deleted health advice for queer women from its website. The Department claimed that they simply moved
the information — but they didn’t. They just wiped it out. And finally this week, Kate Kendell has announced
that she’s stepping down from the National Center for Lesbian Rights. Kate was instrumental in the fight for LGBT
equality over the last thirty years, standing up for issues ranging from marriage to health
to workplace protections. Without Kate’s tireless advocacy, queer
people wouldn’t have anywhere near the number of advances we enjoy today. So this week’s action item: send Kate a
message of thanks for her years of service to our community. She’s over on Twitter @KateKendell with
an E and two Ls. Let me know about stories that need covering
@MattBaume on Twitter and in the YouTube comments. Thanks to everyone who keeps Weekly Debrief
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