Warren calls for ‘high-quality, affordable, gender-affirming health care’

By | August 14, 2019

Elizabeth Warren tweeted she sought to make high quality “gender-affirming health care” affordable for trans Americans.

In her tweet, the 2020 Democratic presidential candidate and Massachusetts senator added a link saying, “But the Trump administration is trying to roll back important protections for trans Americans. Help fight back by leaving a comment for HHS in protest.”

The Department of Health and Human Services, proposed a rule back in June that would revise a regulation would remove gender identity as a basis for sex discrimination as a protection for transgender people under the Affordable Care Act.

Warren, who was previously scrutinized back in January for saying in a 2012 senatorial debate with then-Massachusetts Republican Sen. Scott Brown that, she too, thought using taxpayer money for gender reassignment surgery on a prisoner was wrong, now seeks support from the LGBTQ activist community.

In late July, the Massachusetts Democrat also tweeted about Denali Berries Stuckey, a black trans woman who was murdered recently in South Carolina, saying, “The murders of Black trans women in America are a crisis. We must call it out and fight back.”

Nevertheless, gay rights activist groups have noted that support for their issues have been ignored at the Democratic debates so far.

“Everything is assumed that [the Democratic candidates] are for LGBTQ people, and no one is holding their feet to the fire as to how they are for LGBTQ people,” Sarah Kate Ellis, president and CEO of GLAAD, the LGBT media advocacy group, told Bloomberg News.

A Harris Poll conducted with GLAAD this year, showed that the percentage of non-LGBTQ individuals ages 18 to 34 who support gay rights dropped to 45% in 2018 from 63% as recently as 2016.