On December 14, policy analysts at the Center for Disease Control (“CDC”) were instructed not to use the word “transgender” in any official documents related to next year’s budget. The Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”), which oversees the CDC, additionally banned the words “vulnerable,” “entitlement,” “diversity,” “fetus,” “evidence-based” and “science-based” from any documents or supporting materials that are to be used in preparing the CDC’s budget.
According to the Washington Post, “CDC officials confirmed the existence of a list of forbidden words. It’s likely that other parts of HHS are operating under the same guidelines regarding the use of these words.”