Joe Biden’s Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) will now require all its employees to acknowledge their coworkers preferred pronouns.
Rachel Levine, the Assistant Secretary for HHS, recently advocated sex changes for children, calling cross-sex hormones, puberty-blocking drugs, and surgeries “medically necessary, safe, and effective.”
Biden’s HHS sent out an email last week, which was later obtained and posted by the Heritage Foundation’s Roger Severino, which showed the gender guidance from HHS, the Post Millennial reported.
The subject line of the email reads:
“HHS Gender Non-Discrimination and Inclusion Policy.”
The email begins by acknowledging one of the dozens of specialized days on the annual calendar for the LGBTQIA+ community, “Happy National Coming Out Day!”
Here’s the HHS Pronoun Mandate more clearly. This admin really is requiring pure ideological conformity. Let’s see how tolerant this admin will be of those who will seek an opt-out out of faith or compelled speech concerns. pic.twitter.com/yhlTZIkBxc— Roger Severino (@RogerSeverino_) October 11, 2023
“When individuals bring their whole selves to work, all of us at HHS thrive,” it reads.
“We want to ensure that HHS continues [to be a] welcoming, supportive environment where all employees feel safe and seen, including transgender and non-binary employees,” it continues.
“Today, we are proud to announce a new HHS Gender Identity Non-Discrimination and Inclusion Guidance that outlines employees rights and protections related to gender identity,” the email adds.
“This policy outlines the protections in place [when] employees undergo workplace changes, such as legal name changes, and provides workplace procedures safeguard[ing] gender all employees’ gender expressions,” it reads.
“This policy also provides department-level coordination for EEO procedures across HHS. It calls for streamlined ability to update names in HHS IT systems, outlines how transgender employees change their names in their official records.”
“The guidance also makes clear that all employees should be addressed by the names and pronouns they use to describe themselves, clarifying that employees can wear clothing and [use] restrooms in accordance with their gender identity.”
HHS shares a video message from the Deputy Secretary at HHS and from Levine in honor of National Coming Out Day.
The video explains why HHS officials believe it is in the nation’s best interests for their employees to use preferred pronouns, even if it goes against their own personal beliefs.
“HHS is proud of the richness and diversity of our workforce,” Palm begins.
“You are a source of unmatched talent and strength for each of our divisions. We want to attract, engage, and retain the best talent, and we recognize that inclusive work environments facilitate a plethora of ideas, perspectives, and viewpoints that lead to creativity and innovation.”
“Today, HHS is announcing a new Gender Identity Non-Discrimination and Inclusion Guidance to ensure that our colleagues are able to show up every day as their whole selves.”
“I want to say clearly to every one of you: Who you are and who you know yourself to be is valid. We want you to be your authentic self every day, regardless of your gender identity, sexual orientation, race, ethnicity, religion, or disability status,” Palm said.
Assistant Secretary for Administration at HHS, Cheryl Campbell, also gave remarks, saying:
“The HHS Gender Identity Non-Discrimination and Inclusion Guidance sets forth essential protections related to gender identity, emphasizing the principles of fairness, equity, and inclusion in all aspects of our work.”
Levine concluded, saying:
“The Gender Identity Non-Discrimination and Inclusion Guidance is very important,& and all supervisors and managers are responsible for helping to ensure it is fully implemented across all opdivs and staffdivs.
“Every one of us can play a role in creating a welcoming workplace. Every one of you can make a difference in improving the feelings of inclusion for your coworkers. Thank you for helping make HHS such a welcoming and affirming workplace.”
The National Institutes of Health has also issued new guidance to “help facilitate inclusive, affirming, and welcoming workplace environments.”