Gov. Wolf slams Trump admin’s proposed policies to rollback protections for LGBTQ individuals

Pennsylvania Gov. Wolf

Pennsylvania Governor Tom Wolf condemned the Trump Administration’s proposed policies to roll back protections for LGBTQ individuals.

On Tuesday, Gov. Wolf said, “As the federal government goes backwards, it is past time for Pennsylvania to protect our LGBTQ citizens. Increased protections for members of the LGBTQ community in Pennsylvania are long overdue and desperately needed to push back against the Trump Administration’s track record of increased discriminatory policies and protection rollbacks.”

“I urge the General Assembly to advance protections for the LGBTQ community by passing comprehensive non-discrimination and expanding our hate crimes law to protect LGBTQ citizens,” he added.

Trump administration’s new policy proposals

On Friday, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) released its proposed rule related to Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA). Its proposal will no longer recognize gender identity to be part of to be part of the definition of sex in civil rights protections under ACA. In other words, the HHS will no longer implement an Obama-era policy prohibiting discrimination on the basis of gender identity.