“Transgender” and “diversity” are on a list of words that Centers for Disease Control and Prevention officials are now barred from using in budget documents submitted to CDC partners and Congress, Washington Post reports.
The Trump administration is prohibiting officials at the nation’s top public health agency from using seven words and phrases, which also include “fetus” and “science-based,” in any official documents being prepared for next year’s budget. The other forbidden terms are “vulnerable,” “entitlement,” and “evidence-based.”
The CDC meeting about the banned words was reportedly led by Alison Kelly, a senior leader in the agency’s Office of Financial Services, who did not say why the words are being banned.
In the cases of banned terms “science-based” and “evidence-based,” policy analysts were given alternative phrases. For many of the other forbidden words, no alternatives were offered.
Speaking on the condition of anonymity, a longtime CDC analyst could not recall a previous time when words were banned from documents because they were considered controversial.
“Our subject matter experts will not lay down quietly—this hasn’t trickled down to them yet,” the analyst says.
The banned words will affect budget proposals from offices such as the National Center for HIV/AIDS, Viral Hepatitis, STD, and TB Prevention, which is working to prevent HIV among transgender people.
Questions about how to address sexual orientation and gender identity have come up repeatedly in federal agencies since Trump took office. Health and Human Services, which oversees the CDC, dropped questions about sexual orientation and gender identity in two surveys of elderly people earlier this year. HHS also removed information about LGBT Americans from its website.