Statement by Speaker Corey Johnson Re: Trump Administration’s Formation of Division That Allows Healthcare Employees to Refuse Services to Women and LGBT Americans

“The Trump Administration created the Office of Civil Rights in the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) for the sole purpose of discriminating against and denying people healthcare. Unfortunately, this dangerous and downright un-American act is unsurprising from President Trump and Vice President Pence, the sexists and homophobes-in-chief. Instead of dividing our country, the President should be focused on bringing unity and ending these discriminatory policies his administration chooses to uphold. As an HIV-positive gay man, this news is personal to me, and I am proud to lead the charge against President Trump’s outrageous philosophy that all people are not created equal. New York City will always be a welcoming and accepting city.”