Hudson Pride Center, a Jersey City-based non-profit organization dedicated to providing services for the LGBTQ community, is condemning the President Donald Trump administration for adding “transgender” to the list of forbidden words at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
By John Heinis/Hudson County View
“Hudson Pride Center strongly condemns this White House’s latest attack on science, progress, the LGBTQ Community, and rational thinking. Our community knows first hand the importance of acknowledging and identifying our existence in order to address mounting inequities in health care,” HPC Executive Director Michael Billy said in a statement.
“Our fight for equality is once again interwoven with our right to exist. We must remember, we are not powerless. We have come too far! We will not be diminished or ignored again by forbidden words. We must not be silent!!! Together, we can make our voices heard.”
Billy also encourages the LGBTQ community to volunteer and donate in order “to call on this administration and on our representatives to remove this ban to protect our community.”
On Friday, various national media outlets such as The Washington Post reported that the Trump administration had advised CDC officials that seven terms are barred from being included in next year’s budget report.
This terms are “transgender,” “fetus,” “vulnerable,” “diversity,” “entitlement,” “evidence-based” and “science-based.”
According to an unnamed policy analyst that spoke to The Washington Post under the condition of anonymity, alternative phrases have been provided in at least one instance: “CDC bases its recommendations on science in consideration with community standards and wishes.”
No other examples of alternative phrases were provided in the report.