2020 presidential candidate Michael Bloomberg’s LGBT equality platform contains a provision for federally covered sex change surgery for transgender persons.
Bloomberg unveiled a “comprehensive policy to ensure LGBTQ+ equality” on Tuesday in a press release.
Part of the billionaire Democrat’s vision includes expanding the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare, to ensure coverage for “medically-necessary gender-affirming care (e.g., gender-affirming surgery and hormone therapy).”
“I have been honored to stand with the LGBTQ+ community in the fight for equality and justice, from New York, where we won marriage equality in 2011, to states across the country. That fight – true to our nation’s highest ideals – has achieved historic progress, but we still have a long way to go,” Bloomberg said in a statement.
“As president, I will work to protect every member of the LGBTQ+ community from hatred, violence, and discrimination. We will close disparities in health care access and quality, stop violence against transgender people, and advocate for equal rights across the world. We cannot settle for anything less – and I won’t.”
The former mayor of New York City pledged to roll back Trump administration policies aimed at protecting religious liberties.
“Mike will also end the Trump administration’s practice of granting federally funded organizations a
license to discriminate against people based on their religious beliefs, sexual orientation or gender identity,” the press release said.
LGBT rights isn’t the only liberal issue Bloomberg is running on
Bloomberg will make addressing gun violence in the United States the focus of a 60-second commercial that will air during this weekend’s Super Bowl, his campaign said on Thursday.
The late entrant into the election race will face off against President Donald Trump, who will also have a commercial during the game.
“People will be rooting for different teams in the Super Bowl, but virtually all Americans — including people in both parties and a majority of gun owners — support universal background checks and other common sense gun laws,” Bloomberg said in a statement.
The commercial features gun activist Calandrian Simpson Kemp, whose son George, who grew up playing football, was shot and killed in 2013 when he was 20 years old.
“Lives are being lost every day. It is a national crisis,” she said in the commercial released Thursday. “I know Mike is not afraid of the gun lobby.”
(Reuters contributed to this report.)