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Can I be denied medical care because of my gender identity/sexuality?

Updated: Jul 5, 2022


Unfortunately, while the Department of Health and Human Services has implemented an anti-discrimination policy for LGBTQ individuals, they have yet to put a rule on the books yet, which makes the policy tricky to enforce. So, while federal law usually takes precedent over state law, since there is no federal legislation on the books, it is up to the states. HOWEVER, you CANNOT be denied care during medical emergencies.

Some states have passed legislation allowing for medical care providers to discriminate for religious and/or "moral" reasons. So, you should check your specific state laws to see if such legislation is in place.

It's complicated.

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