Trump Removes LGBT Health Care Protections on Pulse Remembrance Day

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As June ushers in LGBT Pride Month, the Trump administration has rolled back rights in the transgender community and ignored the anniversary of a horrific attack on Pulse Nightclub in Orlando. 

“On the fourth anniversary of Pulse. In the middle of Pride month. During a global pandemic. Donald Trump’s cruelty truly knows no bounds. We have to defeat him this November,” tweeted former Vice President Joe Biden. 

Meanwhile, both of Florida’s Republican Senators issued statements on the 2016 massacre.

“Floridians will never forget the horrific events of June 12, 2016. Our state, nation, the City of Orlando, and Hispanic & gay communities were shaken,” Sen. Rick Scott tweeted. “Today at 9 a.m. we take a moment of silence to honor the 49 innocent lives lost & vow to always stand up against evil & hatred.”

Sen. Marco Rubio took a similar position. 

“Four years ago today a terrorist pledging allegiance to ISIS took the lives of 49 innocent people in the Pulse Nightclub in Orlando in an attack on our LGBTQ & Hispanic community,” Rubio tweeted. “May God grant them eternal peace & comfort their families, partners, loved ones & friends.”

The incident is the deadliest attack on LGBT people in U.S. history. 

The president ignored it. 

Instead, in a cheap shot, Trump stripped LGBT people of protections in healthcare. On Friday, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) finalized a rule that removes non-discrimination protections for LGBT people in health care and health insurance. 

Nikki Fried, Florida’s Commissioner of Agriculture and Consumer Services, and Florida’s only statewide elected Democrat, blasted Trump’s callousness. 

“There are no coincidences with this administration. This is a spiteful and hateful attack on the LGBTQ community on the anniversary of the Pulse Shooting. Trans rights are human rights,” Fried tweeted. 

Florida Governor Ron DeSantis issued an order proclaiming June 12 to be Pulse Remembrance Day and also ordered all flags to be flown at half-mast Friday in honor of the victims.

“The State of Florida will not tolerate hatred towards the LBGTQ and Hispanic communities, and as Floridians we will stand united against terrorism and hate of any kind,” the proclamation reads.

Florida Congresswoman Val Demings, whose district includes the site of the shooting, tweeted. 

“There is no better way to honor those we lost in the #Pulse shooting than to #HonorThemWithAction,” Demings tweeted. “There are so many ways to get involved, but here’s the easiest: take five minutes today and make a specific and precise plan on how to go vote this year.”