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Human Rights Campaign Projects Every Banned CDC Word Onto Trump’s DC Hotel


Human Rights Campaign Projects Every Banned CDC Word Onto Trump’s DC Hotel

The Human Rights Campaign, an LGBTQ advocacy group, partnered with artist Robin Bell to project a list of seven “banned words” the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) is no longer allowed to include in next year’s budget documents, onto President Trump’s hotel in Washington, D.C.

“We will not be erased,” the message read, along with the banned words “fetus,” “entitlement,” “diversity,” “transgender,” “vulnerable,” “evidence-based” and “science-based.”

CDC policy analysts were informed about the banned words at a meeting Thursday with senior CDC officials who oversee the budget, The Washington Post reported Friday.

An analyst who attended the 90-minute briefing told the Post that instead of using “evidence-based” or “science-based,” policy analysts are now instructed to use the phrase, “CDC bases its recommendations on science in consideration with community standards and wishes.”

The analyst told the newspaper that other branches of Trump’s health department are likely complying with the same list of banned words.

The source said that CDC analysts reacted with surprise when the list was unveiled.

“It was very much, ‘Are you serious? Are you kidding?’” the analyst said, “In my experience, we’ve never had any pushback from an ideological standpoint.”

The Department of Health and Human Services has denied the Post report, calling it a “complete mischaracterization” of conversations about the annual budget. The CDC says that the words are not banned and that the organization remains “committed to our public health mission as a science-and evidence-based institution.”



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