Health and Human Resources Orders Employees to Use Gender-Preferred Pronouns

A new HHS order forces employees to use "gay speak" when addressing transgenders.

The Health and Human Services (HHS) department has reiterated its commitment to requiring employees to follow the “gay speak” of the LGBTQ movement.

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“Who you are and who you know yourself to be is valid,” stated Palm. “We want you to be your authentic self every day, regardless of your gender identity, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, religion, or disability status.”

HHS Assistant Secretary for Health Admiral Rachel Levine, self-identified as “an out and proud transgender woman”, emphasized that the policy guarantees “equal protections in the workplace” for all HHS employees, especially those identifying as transgender or nonbinary.

Levine stressed the significance of supervisors and managers upholding the policy, emphasizing the collective role in fostering a welcoming environment. “Every one of you can make a difference in improving the feelings of inclusion for your coworkers,” Levine added.

However, the policy has stirred controversy.

Former director of the HHS Office for Civil Rights during the Trump era, Roger Severino, criticized the agency for “compelled speech.”

Severino, currently the vice president of domestic policy for the Heritage Foundation, alleges that HHS has put “ideology” over “science and evidence” through its gender ideology policy. He further expressed concerns that the policy might target Christian employees, arguing that it contravenes free speech and religious freedom rights.

Severino opined, “People should be prepared to file lawsuits to indicate their free speech and religious liberty rights and people of faith should flood HHS with religious accommodations requests and be prepared to defend themselves and their faith from this attack.”

Details from the policy indicate that employees will have the choice to wear attire and utilize restrooms consistent with their “gender identity”.

The agency has also made recommendations to modify its IT systems to reflect an employee’s transgender status. Furthermore, the policy seeks to align with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission’s anti-discrimination protections.

The HHS also posted a video to YouTube titled “unlisted” explaining the policy.

The Catholic News Agency, upon reviewing the policy, contacted HHS for clarification on potential disciplinary measures against non-compliance and to understand if religious accommodations or exemptions would be provided.

As of press time, HHS has yet to respond.

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