Transgender Law Center (TLC) today issued a statement vehemently opposing the proposed tax bill in Congress, which as currently written would decimate health care, education, social services, and innumerable programs that many transgender people rely on.

“Transgender Law Center does not usually comment on tax bills, but this bill is a matter of life or death for many in the transgender community,” said Kris Hayashi, executive director of Transgender Law Center, the largest national trans-led organization advocating self-determination for all people.

“Transgender people, particularly transgender people of color, already face intense violence and discrimination in housing, employment, education, health care, and all areas of public life. The bill in the Senate would devastate support systems and services, including essential health care, that many in our community need to survive. For transgender people living with HIV in particular, this bill could mean the loss of life-saving treatment and fuel an epidemic that the U.S. government has ostensibly pledged to end.”

Transgender Law Center urges people to call their Senators and ask them to vote no.