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Trump administration revokes transgender health protection

GREELEY, CO - OCTOBER 30: Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump holds an LGBT rainbow flag given to him by supporter Max Nowak during a campaign rally at the Bank of Colorado Arena on the campus of University of Northern Colorado October 30, 2016 in Greeley, Colorado. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)

Washington (AP) — The Trump administration has finalized a regulation that overturns Obama-era protections for transgender people against sex discrimination in health care. Friday’s action is certain to be challenged in court by LGBTQ groups and others. The policy shift, applauded by the president’s religious and socially conservative supporters, means sex discrimination protections will be enforced according to a person’s biological sex. The Obama regulation was based on a broader understanding of gender as a person’s internal sense of being male, female, neither or a combination. About 1.5 million Americans identify as transgender. The Trump administration has taken a series of actions to revoke newly won protections for LGBTQ people.

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