The U.S. Judge Rule Limits Protections for Transgender Health

On Monday a federal judge blocked the Trump administration from implementing a new rule that would roll back transgender health care rights. The regulation from the Federal Department of Health and Human Services ( HHS) was to come into effect Tuesday, finalized days after the Supreme Court barred sex discrimination against LGBT persons on the job.

The preliminary injunction granted by US District Court Judge Frederic Block in Brooklyn on Monday bars the administration from implementing the rule until the case can be heard and resolved in court. Block claimed that he concluded that the so-called transgender regulation of the Trump administration was unconstitutional in view of the June Supreme Court decision on a case involving similar problems in the form of job discrimination.

“An employer who fires an individual for being homosexual or transgender fires that person for traits or actions it would not have questioned in members of a different sex,” wrote Justice Neil Gorsuch, who was nominated by Trump. The HHS rule sought to overturn Obama-era sex discrimination protections for transgender people in health care.