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Lesbian and Bisexual Resources Wiped from HHS Website

by Countable | Updated on 3.27.18

What’s the story?

  • The Department of Health and Human Services has removed pages dedicated to lesbian and bisexual health from WomensHealth.gov.

Why does it matter?

  • Nonprofit government watchdog group the Sunlight Foundation found that sometime between September and October 2017, the HHS "removed a webpage with extensive information about lesbian and bisexual health, and links that correspond to that webpage."

  • A second report by the group "documents the way in which the website’s key resource about lesbian and bisexual health has been made inaccessible."

  • A spokesperson for the HHS said the agency removed outdated information and "integrated [it] into the relevant health topics pages across the website." The Sunlight Foundation, however, could not find the updated content.

Trump administration dropped LGBTQ content from other sites

  • Shortly after President Donald Trump took office, the White House’s LGBT page (whitehouse.gov/lgbt) was removed.

  • A Department of Labor report titled "Advancing LGBT Workplace Rights" was also dropped.

  • In November 2017, the Education Department removed documents aimed at helping transgender students access bathrooms to fit their gender identities.

What do you think?

Is the removed content, as the Gay and Lesbian Medical Association is saying, "tantamount to discrimination against a vulnerable population"? Should the content be replaced? Should the government be required to publicly disclose when they modify websites? Hit Take Action and tell your reps, then share your thoughts below.

—Josh Herman

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(Photo Credit: WomensHealth.gov)

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  • Jacob
    03/27/2018
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    I just can’t understand how or why these decisions are made. Discriminating further against a group that has already struggled so much is not only unfair, but inhumane. Haven’t we evolved enough as a society to learn to finally accept each other? As this decision shows, apparently not all of us have. That being said, we as individuals can continue to provide support to those who need it, even if our government will not. Please, bring back this information, and start making better decisions!

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  • John
    03/27/2018
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    Stop the war against the people by the anti-science, bigoted, unqualified zealots installed by 45. We are well past the 13th century.

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  • LydiaL
    03/27/2018
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    Getting rid of our resources won’t get rid of “the gay.”

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  • OlderNWiser
    03/28/2018
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    This is the most appalling administration far beyond my imagination. The bigotry,scapegoating, ignorance, and hatred promoted by #45 and his minions is shocking, sickening, disruptive, and deeply immoral. LGBTQ people need and deserve every support, protection, and bit of information possible to deal with endless discrimination and hatred. #45 and his minions belong in the 1700s – not the 21st-century. Shameful!

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  • Avery
    03/27/2018
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    They are people too! The white house needs to consider the welfare/health of the American people, whether they are straight, gay, bi, cis, trans, non-binary, or anything! People are people regardless of their identity.

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  • Chickie
    03/27/2018
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    Is the time clock in the WH set back 100 years? The removal of needed information from the Health and Human Services site for any U.S. citizens is reprehensible. Or with this action is #45 and this administration saying those of the LGBTQ community are not considered either human or U.S. citizens? GOP sit up and take notice! Keep on this track, come the midterm and 2020 elections you will find yourselves without a seat to be found. Anyone, no matter their sexuality, should call this for what is it: An act of prejudicial hate!

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  • Judith
    03/27/2018
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    WE AS A PEOPLE MUST MAKE IT OUR PRIORITY TO DROP FROM OFFICE ALL PUBLIC OFFICIALS THAT MAKE THESE INHUMANE DECISIONS ONCE AND FOR ALL TIME !VOTE THEM OUT !THOSE HOLIER THAN THOU THAT MAKE FALSE WITNESS AGAINST THEIR LGBTQ BROTHERS AND SISTERS AS BEING VILE HAVE NOT TRULY LOOKED IN THE MIRROR !!

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  • Sync
    03/27/2018
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    In a society where LGBT+ people are still not consistently protected from things others take for granted like potentially being fired from a job for being who they are, it is often difficult to find important information geared toward their needs. A government run website removing information useful to a specific group is a form of discrimination and a decision that is harmful toward that group. As my representatives, I expect you to have more respect for your fellow Americans and put pressure on the necessary people to ensure this information is returned to the proper place: available to the public.

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  • Truly
    03/27/2018
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    The White House is infested with vermin. Get rid of them now!

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  • Senic
    03/27/2018
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    Remember that God created all and love ALL!

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  • Countryfirst
    03/27/2018
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    We are going BACKWARDS and this racist homophobic bigotry must stop! #45 and his band of idiots are DANGEROUS to this country..IMPEACH him and throw the rest of them in jail!

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  • Patricia
    03/27/2018
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    Another slap in the Constitution’s face by the Alt-Right.

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  • AnonymousPatron
    03/27/2018
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    Wow. So now “we” don’t exist?! Or is this the beginning of rounding us all up and doing away with us?! As if!

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  • Amy
    03/27/2018
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    What is wrong with our administration and congress that they should need to go to war on citizens who merely express their sexual selves in ways that are not within the "norm". And if our LBGTQ citizens are to be limited and ousted from our society, then let's oust our president who is a total sexual deviant, cruelty and vulgarity and infidelity being his crime. I'm sick of hypocrisy. I'm sick of having to suffer the pious decisions of evangelical Christians who believe that the likes of Donald Trump are "annointed" to save America. Leave the innocent LGBTQ people alone. Have empathy. I wish some congressman would sponsor a bill requiring everyone to be kind and thoughtful with each other. Jesus taught us to love our neighbors. All of them.

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  • Marisa
    03/27/2018
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    LGBTQ+ groups are consistently not provided with the medical care they need as it is. The very least that should be provided is an online resource such as the one that was taken down, but in reality much more should be being done to improve the health and wellness of the LBGTQ+ community.

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  • Lori
    03/27/2018
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    Wiping out information about LGBTQ people does not make them go away. They have equal rights and need to be included. Stand up for the people in your state, all people.

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  • Gabriella
    03/28/2018
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    Politicians should leave their personal opinions out of public health information. A human being’s health matters much more to me than some ancient politician’s opinion.

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  • ZacZamora
    03/27/2018
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    I’m confused. Republicans are conservative, yes? Conservative uphold old values like Jesus, God, Religion, whatever, yes? Then, if they are true to their nature, why are they despising and judging and turning away and discriminating and hating and disrespecting and everything that goes against the whole of their values? Oh, because it threatens the image of family? Because “God hates fags,” and all these other things I typically hear Republican voters say? Yeah makes a lot of sense.

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  • Deirdre
    03/28/2018
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    There are other people here in America besides old white men. To do this is downright disgusting!

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  • Rosalind
    03/27/2018
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    This seems to be a case of “if the information isn’t there it doesn’t exist”. It used to be that if you didn’t educate women, you could keep them in the kitchen having many children. It’s taken a while, but look at what’s happening now. Suppression tends to encourage the opposite, so let’s support those who are being shut out and make the uprising happen faster for our grandchildren’s sake.

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