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Dems vow to protect trans health, push Equality Act in 2020 platform

The Democratic Party 2020 platform includes language in support of trans health and the Equality Act. Vows to protect transgender health, pass the Equality Act and undo the anti-LGBTQ policies of the Trump administration are among the LGBTQ highlights of the party platform Democrats have proposed for 2020.

A copy of the draft platform made public in recent days reveals the document affords entire paragraphs to addressing LGBTQ issues in addition to weaving LGBTQ people into other aspects of the document.

The Democratic Platform Committee met remotely Monday to approve the document and adopt amendments, including additional language bolstering support for LGBTQ people. The next step is a vote by convention delegates during the voting period Aug 3-15.

One section with the header “Protecting LGBTQ+ Health” repudiates the recent rule change from the Trump administration enabling health care providers and insurance companies to turn away transgender patients.

“We condemn the Trump administration’s discriminatory actions against the LGBTQ+ community, including the dangerous and unethical regulation allowing doctors, hospitals and insurance companies to discriminate against patients based on their sexual orientation or gender identity,” the draft platform says. “Democrats will reverse this rule-making and restore non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ+ people in health insurance.”

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