Congratulations, everyone! Lesbian and bisexual health problems are officially over.
Or so it would seem, if you believe the Department of Health and Human Services’ website. According to the Sunlight Foundation, a government transparency project, HHS removed pages from it’s Office on Women’s Health site that focused on lesbian and bisexual women’s health.
HHS told Politico, who first reported the story, that the pages were taken down because of a “routine update.” However, they appear to have been gone since September — and none of the missing information has been restored to the site.
Bisexual and lesbian health is no longer listed as a topic on the page, which has existed since 2012. @WomensHealth, the official HHS Twitter account, hasn’t had an update about lesbian and bisexual women’s health since 2016.
Yet again, the Trump-Pence Administration has been caught deleting public resources for #LGBTQ people — in this case, health care resources for lesbian and bisexual women. RT to #CallItOut. h/t @SunWebIntegrity https://t.co/fexe8fHtCt
— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) March 21, 2018
“The removal of lesbian and bisexual health materials in particular, without advance notice and in a targeted way, raise concerns that they’ve targeted information for vulnerable populations,” Andrew Bergman of the Sunlight Foundation told Politico.
This isn’t the first time the Trump administration has eliminated critical information about at-risk groups from government websites. When Trump was elected, one of the first things to go was the government’s official page on LGBTQ rights. In October 2017, the EPA eliminated references to climate change on their website. In December, the National Park Service took down climate change plans for over 90 parks.
Nothing to see here, folks! Lesbian and bisexual women are in perfect health, and climate change doesn’t exist.
Proceed normally — with a chronic sense of despair.