November 25, 2019

On November 1, 2019, the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) announced a new rule allowing discrimination in all HHS programs against LGBTQ+ people, youth in LGBTQ+ families, and, in some cases, those who don’t share a provider’s religious beliefs. Click here to make your voice heard now! It is urgent that we take action in the next 30 days!

This means, for example, that:

  • Adoption and foster care agencies could refuse to place a child in foster care with a same-sex couple or an LGBTQ+ family member.

  • A child-placing agency could refuse to work with parents who don’t share their religious beliefs.

  • Children in foster care who are LGBTQ+ or don’t share the provider’s religious beliefs could be denied needed services and could be subjected to conversion therapy.

On November 19, the 30-day public comment period began. This means that we only have one month to create a wave of opposition to this proposed rule.

For more information about this rule and some sample talking points, click here.

For a downloadable info-sheet about the rule, click here. 

In your comment, consider including the following information:

  • Explain why you think protecting LGBTQ people and families from discrimination is important.

  • Explain why you think providers’ religious beliefs should not be prioritized over the needs of children in foster care.

  • Ask HHS to abandon this rule, and keep existing nondiscrimination rules in place that prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation, gender identity, and religion.