Statement on the Federal Administration Rule Regarding Protections for the Trans and Non-Binary Community

Dear Rams,

We at the CSU Health Network, the Pride Resource Center and the Women and Gender Advocacy Center
(WGAC) are aware of the recent rule enacted by the Federal Administration that removes language
from the Affordable Care Act specifically protecting healthcare access for the Trans and Non-Binary
community. This updated ruling removes discrimination protections for Queer and Trans people
seeking health care. Further, it erases the identities of the Trans community by defining “sex
discrimination” as only applying when someone faces discrimination for being male or female. This
narrow definition is a misconception that has been disproven time and time again and it denies the
reality of the lives and experiences of our Trans and Non-Binary community. We want to assure you,
as a result of the Colorado Anti-Discrimination Act you legally cannot be denied access to health care in the state of
Colorado based on your sexual orientation and/or gender identity.

To release this ruling during a global pandemic, in the middle of a major civil rights movement
against anti-Blackness and police brutality, with ongoing threats to the safety and wellbeing of
undocumented communities, during Pride Month and on the day of the 4th anniversary of the Pulse
Nightclub shooting is devastating, heartbreaking, cruel. We acknowledge this will have a
detrimental impact on the lives of many Queer and Trans folx, but particularly on the lives of
Black Trans folx and Trans folx of color who are already disproportionately discriminated against
across many systems. The historical roots of Pride
Month are about pushing against police brutality and unjust systems, led by Trans Women of Color.
And yet, we continue to witness the ways the stories of violence on the bodies of Trans Black folx has
been erased from the national narrative. Nina Pop, Tony McDade, Iyanna Dior, Dominique “Rem’mie”
Fells, Riah Milton. Those are just the names of the lives we have lost in the past couple of weeks.

In our ongoing commitment to social justice, we will continue to pursue active growth in the areas
of anti-Blackness, anti-racism, and the dismantling of white supremacist systems that maintain
harmful and inaccurate notions of the gender binary. We know this recent ruling and the cumulative
impact of this time increases anxiety, fear and concerns. As such, we want to clarify and affirm
the following:

• We believe that Trans and Non-Binary people deserve equitable and affirming access to health
care and support across all intersections of identity.
• This ruling goes against the Principles of Community of Colorado State University, the Health
Network, the Pride Resource Center and WGAC and we reaffirm our presence and support the Trans and
Non-Binary community.
• We collectively remain committed to providing quality healthcare and support services to our
students who identify as LGBTQ+ and at intersections of multiple marginalized identities.
• Health insurance plans that are subject to regulation by the Colorado Division of Insurance
cannot consider being LGBTQ+ a pre-existing condition, decide what is medically necessary for you,
deny services to Trans folx that are offered to cisgender Coloradoans, or discriminate based on
sexual orientation and/or gender identity.
• The university-sponsored Student Health Insurance Plan will continue to provide coverage for
Trans health care. CSU negotiates the policy requirements related to the insurance plan, and we
will continue to prioritize coverage for Transgender-related services.
• Students who are covered by a health insurance plan based outside of Colorado can contact CSU
Health Network Referrals Coordinator at (970) 491-3962 for additional support in navigating
questions and concerns about their specific health insurance coverage.
• The Health Network will continue services specifically geared towards the Trans community that
include medical consultation, initiation of hormone therapy and ongoing care, mental health
consultations, surgical referrals, individual counseling, and group counseling.
• The Health Network commits to addressing anti-Blackness through our services and through
advocacy efforts for a more just health care system. We specifically point out our commitment to
affirming respect, compassion, and acceptance of Trans Black individuals.
• The Pride Resource Center and WGAC will continue to hold steadfast in our commitment to
providing support programs, educational opportunities and fiercely continue to advocate for your
mental, emotional health as well as your financial, social, academic and systemic needs across all
intersections of identities.
• In addition, the Pride Resource Center commits to uplifting the stories, voices and experiences
of Trans Black folx. We commit to addressing anti-Blackness and anti-racism in our center and
within the LGBTQ+ community.
• WGAC understands that access to healthcare and mental health services are fundamental to the
retention and wellbeing of survivors. As such, we are committed to recognizing and responding to
the need for identity-specific, trauma-informed interpersonal violence resources for Queer and
Trans communities, particularly for survivors who may be experiencing layered traumas related to
disability, COVID 19, immigration, racism and anti-Blackness… some while being isolated at home
with abusive partners. We know that sexual violence disproportionately impacts Queer and Trans folx
and we will not ask you to separate your identities or your trauma/s. We believe you.
• We reaffirm our collective commitment to using your preferred name and pronouns, acknowledging
when we mess up and intervening when others misgender you.
• We collectively recognize we have not always served you well, and we are certain that we will
mess up along the way. We collectively commit to being open to feedback, listening and affirming
your experiences and incorporating your feedback as we work to create more equitable systems and
environments for Queer and Trans folx at CSU.

If you are in need of support, please contact the Pride Resource Center via email, visit us
during our office hours, reach out to the Counseling Center, or connect with WGAC’s Victim
Assistance Team 24-hours a day, 365 days a year.

Your identities are valid. Your experiences are real. You are worth existing. You are deserving of equitable and affirming care. You are not alone.

In solidarity,
The Pride Resource Center, the Women and Gender Advocacy Center and CSU Health Network