Message from OPEN Finance leadership about the New York Times’ report of a Department of Health and Human Services memo regarding transgender protections

Over the past few days, many of our members have contacted us regarding the October 21 New York Times article relating to a Health and Human Services (HHS) memo which proposed a narrow definition of gender.

We stand in solidarity with the trans community, and will continue to advocate for dignity, inclusion and equality within our participating firms. OPEN Finance leadership – in coordination with our member firms’ ERG leaders – will continue to monitor the news coming out of Washington.

The Human Rights Campaign (HRC) has organized a briefing call for the business community on Thursday, October 25 at 4:00 PM EST. Registration details can be found here. Experts from HRC will be on hand to give a break down on the possible impact of the change as well as answer your questions. [UPDATE: see below a follow-up note from HRC.]

If the administration puts forth new regulations or rules that negatively impact our community, there will be a period for public commentary. We are working with partners to brainstorm how best to use corporate voices in that process.

In the meantime, please be prepared to help bring the industry together to protect LGBT+ progress. We encourage you all to join the HRC call tomorrow – and we will update you as we gain more insight.

In solidarity,
OPEN Finance


Follow-up message from HRC, sent after their conference call.


Thank you for attending today’s webinar on responding to the HHS memo and proposed anti-transgender re-definition of “sex.” Two follow-up actions:

1) Join our “Business Statement on Transgender Equality.” The letter is available here and you can join here (email us if Google forms give you any problems). The Statement will be released once we have reached a critical mass and we will be in touch to coordinate.

2) If you haven’t already, join the 120 and counting companies in supporting the Equality Act. Our Business Coalition for the Equality Act demonstrates your firm’s commitment to ensuring full equality for LGBTQ under the law. Read more about the coalition and download a sign on form here.

Of course, please let us know if you have questions.


The Workplace Equality Program
Human Rights Campaign Foundation
1640 Rhode Island Ave NW | Washington DC, 20036

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