LGBT Advocates Are Alarmed By Trump’s Pick For Health Secretary
“Tom Price must immediately clarify what his plans are when it comes to ensuring the health and safety of LGBTQ Americans,” he said. “As Secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, it will be his job to serve all Americans — something he’s spent years avoiding as a United States Congressman.”
As a member of the House, Price voted against the Employment Nondiscrimination Act and did not back a bill to ban LGBT discrimination in public spaces, including health services.
Price said in 2013 that laws to expand LGBT rights would drive up “medical health and costs,” agreeing with a caller who said that there should be research into the fiscal impact of laws advancing the “homosexual agenda.” He also joined fellow lawmakers in an amicus brief to the Supreme Court this year opposing the federal government from using an existing civil rights law — which bans sex discrimination — to also protect transgender students’ access to restrooms that match their gender identity.
On Facebook, Price called the Obama administration’s policy “absurd.”
Thompson said he “would be surprised” to see the total ban reinstated, but, he said, he doesn’t predict Trump to follow the lead of Congressional Democrats who say the policy should be rewritten to cover a person’s risky behaviors, not their sexual orientation. “I’m not expecting to see progress in moving towards a nondiscriminatory, risk-based policy.”