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18LTR-LGBT on Apr 12, 2018

Letter: Letter from 19 Senators to President Trump
Source: Letter from 19 Senators to President Trump
We write to you to express serious concerns about the removal of critical LGBT health and scientific information from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) website, and the removal of LGBT population-based data reports from the Office of Management and Budget (OMB) website. These actions reveal a pattern of censorship that fosters discrimination and undermines access to evidence-based health care resources that aid millions across the country.

Administration officials claim that this online information is integrated elsewhere, being updated, or temporarily down for maintenance. We have seen previous Administrations undermine LGBT health due to ideological pressure from conservative organizations by abruptly deleting online health information--similarly under the guise of site maintenance.

    To help us better understand these disturbing developments, please respond to the following questions:
  • Why did HHS elect to remove or change the LGBT resources on the website?
  • What plans do you have to communicate these changes to site users and the public?
  • Why were policy papers and reports on sexual orientation and gender identity data collection efforts removed or rendered inaccessible from the OMB website?
  • What federal departments were involved in making this decision?
  • Will the information on sexual orientation and gender identity data collection from the OMB site be made available on the new website? If so, when?
You have repeatedly broken your campaign promises to support and protect the LGBT community, and this latest assault on a vulnerable population could further compromise the health of more than ten million LGBT people. We are concerned that you are putting politics ahead of science and access to evidence-based health care that is critical for millions, and so we call on you to reverse course to ensure that our federal programs serve the needs of all people.


    Participating counts on VoteMatch question 3. Question 3: Comfortable with same-sex marriage Scores: -2=Strongly oppose; -1=Oppose; 0=neutral; 1=Support; 2=Strongly support.
  • Topic: Civil Rights
  • Headline: Maintain LGBT health info on federal websites (Score: 2)

    Participating counts on AmericansElect question 7.
  • Headline: Maintain LGBT health info on federal websites (Answer: C)
  • AmericansElect Quiz Question 7 on Social Issues: When you think about the rights of same-sex couples, which of the following is closest to your personal opinion?
    • A: Same-sex couples should not be allowed to marry or form any kind of civil union
    • B: Same-sex couples should be allowed to form civil unions, but not to marry in the traditional sense
    • C: Same-sex couples should be allowed to marry legally, with all the same rights as traditional marriages
    • D: Unsure


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Democrats participating in 18LTR-LGBT

Tammy Baldwin s1sWI Democratic Challenger 
Richard Blumenthal s1sCT Democratic Sr Senator 
Cory Booker s1sNJ Democratic Challenger 
Sherrod Brown s1sOH Democratic Sr Senator 
Maria Cantwell s1sWA Democratic Jr Senator 
Bob Casey s1sPA Democratic Sr Senator; previously state treasurer 
Dianne Feinstein s1sCA Democratic Sr Senator 
Kirsten Gillibrand s1sNew York Democrat 
Kamala Harris s1sCA Democratic Senate candidate 
Maggie Hassan s1sNH Democratic Challenger 
Mazie Hirono s1sHawaii Democrat (Senate run 2012) 
Amy Klobuchar s1sMN Democrat/DFL Sr Senator 
Ed Markey s1sMA Democratic Challenger 
Patty Murray s1sWA Democratic Sr Senator 
Jack Reed s1sRI Democratic Sr Senator 
Jeanne Shaheen s1sNH Democratic Sr Senator 
Tina Smith s1sMN Democratic candidate for Minnesota U.S. Senator 
Elizabeth Warren s1sMA Democratic Challenger 
Sheldon Whitehouse s1sRI Democratic Jr Senator 



Republicans participating in 18LTR-LGBT



Independents participating in 18LTR-LGBT



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 19
Republicans: 0
Independents: 0


















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