Members of the LGBTQ+ community are more likely to face discrimination in various facets of their lives that extend far beyond the walls of a doctor’s office. We work actively to support laws and policies that extend legal protections to members of the LGBTQ+ community and work against the passage and implementation of those that do not.
As a healthcare organization, Equitas Health aims to ensure equitable access to nondiscriminatory healthcare services for all. We call on the Biden administration and the Department of Health and Human Services to overturn the changes made to Section 1557 of the Health Care Rights Law under the Trump administration in order to restore non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ+ individuals.
Recently, the Biden administration issued an Executive Order extending application of the U.S. Supreme Court’s decision in Bostock v. Clayton County, which extended protections from discrimination to LGBTQ+ people under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. We support the Biden administration’s Executive Order and call upon Congress to codify these protections by passing the Equality Act.
Policies like the Equality Act, which passed in the 116th Congress, extend legal protections to members of the LGBTQ+ community in all aspects of their lives, including housing, employment, and public accommodations. Equitas Health also supports bills like the Ohio Fairness Act, which would extend Ohio’s existing nondiscrimination law to cover sexual orientation and gender identity, and efforts to modernize Ohio’s hate crime law to include crimes against people on the basis of their sexual orientation and gender identity. Equitas Health also supports legislation to ban “LGBTQ+ panic” as a legal defense strategy.
We are committed to standing up for members of the LGBTQ+ community and fighting harmful legislation or administrative rule changes. We will not tolerate discrimination in any form, and will continue our advocacy on behalf of LGBTQ+ individuals.