Washington, D.C. – On Tuesday evening, December 19th the Human Rights Campaign and artist Robin Bell projected the CDC’s banned words onto the side of the Trump International Hotel in Washington, DC. Over the weekend, the Washington Post reported that the Trump-Pence Administration banned the use of seven words by the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). Tonight’s projection on the Trump Hotel, which lasted for roughly half an hour during rush hour, included the banned words – “transgender,” “fetus,” “vulnerable,” “entitlement,” “diversity,” “evidence-based,” and “science-based” – and concluded with a declaration, “We will not be erased.” A video of the display is available at Facebook.com/humanrightscampaign/videos/10156013018483281/
In conjunction with the enormous light display, HRC has filed a Freedom of Information Act (FOIA) with the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for any and all records, including communications with the CDC, relating to the banned words from November 2016 onward. “Our message for the Trump-Pence Administration is this: You cannot erase us. We will meet attacks on our community with a resolve to be louder and more visible than ever before,” said HRC’s David Stacy. “Furthermore, the American public deserves to know the degree to which the Trump-Pence Administration has interfered with the life-saving work of the CDC. It was not long ago that the government tried to ignore the reality of the HIV and AIDS crisis to the detriment of millions. This kind of erasure has potentially catastrophic consequences beyond the words used by the CDC – it could impact the very programs most vital to the health of transgender people, women, youth, and others.”
The “word ban” appears to be just part of the ongoing effort by the Trump-Pence Administration to erase LGBT from reports and data collection. Earlier this week, Politico.com reported that the administration also kept hidden 10,000 comments on the Trump-Pence proposal granting exemptions for faith-based organizations in healthcare while only posting submissions that praise the administration’s policies. (Seattle Gay News & Human Rights Campaign Press Release at Sgn.org)
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