May 10, 2021

Manisha Sunil, West End Strategy Team; Phone: 202-417-0171

Faith Leader Welcomes Stronger Anti-Discrimination Protections for Transgender Americans by HHS

WASHINGTON — By reversing Trump-era policies permitting health care providers to discriminate against patients on the basis of gender identity, the Biden administration is signaling its commitment to both equality and religious freedom, argues Rabbi Jack Moline, president of Interfaith Alliance. Said Rabbi Moline in a statement:

We celebrate the reversal of this Trump-era policy as one of many to ensure our federal policies are rooted in justice and dignity for all. Discrimination based on sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, medical history or any other reason has no place in our health care system. And yet, discriminatory policies have caused members of the LGBTQ+ community to face significant barriers to receiving quality, affirming care, costing millions of lives.

The First Amendment protects our private spiritual lives, ensuring that every American can believe and worship as we choose, with one key one restriction: religious freedom cannot be used to deny the several rights of others. As the religious right continues its national attack on trans youth, it is more critical than ever that the Biden administration does all it can to ensure people of all gender identities can receive the lifesaving care they need. Faith leaders must continue to hold public officials’ feet to the fire on issues of transgender equality, because religious freedom and equality are complementary – not contradictory – values.

If you are interested in speaking further with Interfaith Alliance on this issue, please contact Manisha Sunil at (202) 417-0171 or

Interfaith Alliance celebrates religious freedom by championing individual rights, promoting policies that protect both religion and democracy, and uniting diverse voices to challenge extremism. Founded in 1994, Interfaith Alliance brings together members from 75 faith traditions as well as those without a faith tradition to protect faith and freedom. For more information visit