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This summer, the Trump administration proposed a regulation that would undermine Obamacare’s Health Care Rights Law by eliminating the ban on sex discrimination, which includes discrimination based on gender identity and sex stereotyping. This means health care providers could refuse to treat transgender or gender-nonconforming patients and insurance companies can refuse to cover services they need or charge them more for it. 

(The sweeping regulation does a lot more than affect LGBTQ patients; for example, it weakens language-access protections for non-native English speakers that prevent discrimination on the basis of national origin.)

Hundreds of LGBTQ patients, doctors, and allies to the cause who live in the District formally wrote federal officials, demanding the Trump administration not undermine anyone’s access to health care. 

The National Center for Transgender Equality shared comments with City Paper that were submitted through its portal, ProtectTransHealth.org, which the advocacy organization formally submitted to the federal government this week when the comment period for the proposed rule closed. The Trump administration is required to review these comments before it releases its final rule with the effective date.  

Here’s one comment from Griffin Moore, who’s concerned the Trump rule will exacerbate their troubled time accessing care. 

“The job I had that provided the insurance was so toxic I had to find another job before I could access care,” writes Moore. “And like many others, I avoid going to the doctor most of the time because I’ve been disrespected by providers so regularly, and I know my experiences have been simple relative to my friends.” 

Read the full story on our website. 


  • Readers can participate in this year’s You are So D.C. If… contest. [WCP]

  • A Columbia Heights Catholic priest was found guilty of sexually abusing children. [WTOP]

  • The city’s most popular bike lane isn’t actually that safe. [Post

  • Law firms illegally accessed traffic accident reports and tried to use them to solicit clients. [Post]

  • ICYMI: Not everyone is happy about Wawa. [WCP

LOOSE LIPS LINKS, by Mitch Ryals(tips? mryals@washingtoncitypaper.com

  • A 30-year veteran of MPD was arrested for alleged assault and threatening his coworker with a knife. [DCist]

  • A new medical marijuana dispensary opened in Ward 7. [WAMU]

  • Smelling like pot isn’t enough for police to stop a person, a Maryland court rules. [NBC]

  • A D.C. judge hit reply all. [Post]

YOUNG & HUNGRY LINKS, by Laura Hayes (tips? lhayes@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Neighborhood Restaurant Group to open a craft beer bar in New York City. [WCP]

  • Closer to home, Adams Morgan is getting its very own beer. [WCP]

  • Greek Deli celebrates 30 years in business. [Washingtonian]

  • How Chef Amy Brandwein’s new restaurant Piccolina stacks up. [Post]

  • Order natural wine like you know what you’re talking about. [Eater]

ARTS LINKS, by Kayla Randall(tips? krandall@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • The 10th archivist of the U.S. discusses the digital future of the National Archives. [WCP]

  • Keegan Theatre’s Legally Blonde is a blast. [WCP]

  • Nan Ficca, school director at the National Conservatory of Dramatic Arts, talks about the art of D.C. theater auditions. [DC Theatre Scene]

SPORTS LINKS, by Kelyn Soong (tips? ksoong@washingtoncitypaper.com)

  • Notoriously picky eater John Wall spoke to GQ about going keto and letting the doubters and haters motivate him. [GQ]

  • The Nats are playing meaningful baseball in August and have a key series this weekend against the Brewers starting tonight. It’s time to enjoy the team, writes MASN’s Mark Zuckerman. [MASN]

  • Quarterback Dwayne Haskins treated the sparse FedExField crowd to his first NFL preseason touchdown pass, a 55-yarder to Robert Davis. [Hogs Haven]

MAKE PLANS, by Emma Sarappo (Love this section? Get the full To Do This Week newsletter here. Tips? esarappo@washingtoncitypaper.com)

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