WASHINGTON — Leslie Cooper, deputy director of the ACLU’s LGBT & HIV Project, released the following in response to a final rule from the Trump administration that seeks to license discrimination in government grants: 

“The Trump administration will be remembered for many vile acts and among them will be its wave of policies enabling discrimination against LGBTQ people. Today’s rule would allow billions of dollars in federal grants to go to agencies that discriminate against LGBTQ people and others, including people from minority faith communities. These programs include health care, services for seniors, homeless shelters, and many other critical services including foster care which is the subject of a pending Supreme Court case, Fulton v. City of Philadelphia. Discrimination should have no place in taxpayer-funded programs.

“The Biden administration must immediately roll back the Trump administration’s many attacks on LGBTQ rights and ensure that tax dollars are not used to discriminate against LGBTQ people and others.”

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