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Leaked Documents show HHS instructs employees to ‘use gender-neutral salutations’

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National Review recently obtained internal documents by the Health and Human Services (HHS) headed by secretary Xavier Becerra, showing an effort to implement new standards for “equity” and “gender-inclusive correspondence.”

Every April HHS releases a Plain Writing Act Compliance Report, which “details the agency’s efforts to train employees in ‘clear Government communication that the public can understand and use’ in its ‘letters, publications, forms, notices and instructions,’ as outlined by the Plain Writing Act of 2010” reports National Review.

April of 2021’s report introduced “a New Focus section on Promoting Equity.” It was designed to support the first executive order that President Biden signed in office for a “whole-of-government equity agenda” which promises to “embed equity principles, policies, and approaches across the Federal Government.”

The report aims to advance racial equity and support for underserved communities through the Federal Government by using “plainly written and culturally sensitive, unbiased information.” National Review reports:

The new standard on gender-inclusive correspondence instructs HHS employees to “use gender-neutral salutations and forms of address only.” That includes omitting “gendered courtesy titles (Mr., Mrs., Ms.)” in address blocks and in salutations. (“Instead, write ‘Dear,’ followed by the individual’s name, followed by a colon,” the document suggests.)

It goes further, advising against gendered pronouns and other terms when in doubt — and even suggesting using the so-called “singular ‘they’” instead:

When writing to an individual whose name is unknown, avoid using gendered salutations (e.g., Dear Sir/Madam). Refer to the context of the communication to identify a suitable, gender-neutral alternative (e.g., Dear colleague, Dear recipient). Similarly, when addressing a group, avoid gendered language (e.g. Dear Sirs/Madams), opting instead for collective salutations that are gender neutral.

In the body of the letter, avoid using masculine or feminine pronouns (he, she) to refer to individuals whose gender or preferred pronouns are unknown. Instead, consider using the individual’s preferred name; using the singular “they,” “them,” and “theirs” pronouns; or using sentence constructions that avoid the use of pronouns.

The new equity section, meanwhile, mandates that department memos, such as those on a rule, “include noteworthy elements about equity and describe how the action will promote equity for individuals belonging to groups that have been historically underserved, marginalized, or subject to discrimination or systemic disadvantage,

including those referenced in EO 13985.” (As an example, the guide’s template for a regulation decision memo to the secretary includes a new section titled “Noteworthy Elements about Equity.” The sample section prompts the author to explain how the discussed regulation will affect “individuals belonging to groups that have been historically underserved, marginalized, or subject to discrimination or systemic disadvantage.”)

 

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  1. Patricia Nezi

    March 10, 2022 at 9:28 am

    This is just more insanity that the left is doing to destroy America. Insanity & it has to stop.

  2. RT Rand

    March 10, 2022 at 12:36 pm

    It seems we will need to put a memo out to instruct when addressing HHS proper protocol would be :

    Dear Dipwad or hey Dipwad

  3. Frankenator

    March 10, 2022 at 6:06 pm

    or. Thats the biggest pile of hogwash I have seen today. And I’ve seen some serious hogwarsh in my days.
    Suggestion to Trump: first exec order- remove every reference to equity in every gummit communication and put equality back where it belongs.

    My (reverential) God, there will be one Stygian cleanup needed in ‘24. Every time we think things can’t get worse, Sleepy Joe wakes up an sez “hold my peptobismol”…

  4. Pherbia Stephens

    March 11, 2022 at 10:36 am

    This is the most foolish thing yet. Those foolish people who would propose such have never read God’s Word, the Bible. God and Jesus Christ are both He. Man is he; woman is she. How are we to speak of animals for they are HE and SHE? Do they think old 92 year old women like me are going to change our way of speaking? What will happen to us who continue in our same language? The best for us all is for the end of time to come and looks it will be in the near future. It is time to repent.

  5. Lee & Betty Peppell

    March 12, 2022 at 8:03 pm

    EQUITY IS CODE FOR DISCRIMINATION.

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Army’s First Trans Officer Indicted for Spying for Russia

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The U.S. Army’s first transgender officer and his wife, a Maryland doctor, are making headlines. No, not for breaking any ideological woke barriers; for “allegedly attempting to transfer confidential military medical information to Russia.”

The two were charged in an eight-count indictment on conspiracy charges Wednesday. Major Jamie Lee Henry, who lived with his anesthesiologist wife Anna Gabrielian, was granted his request to officially change his name in accordance with his gender preference in 2015.

Henry and Gabrielian allegedly volunteered to “retrieve private medical records from the United States Army and Johns Hopkins in order to assist the Russian government.”

National Review reports:

The pair are accused of stealing patient health files from Johns Hopkins and Fort Bragg and giving them to an individual they believed to be working for the Russian government. They aimed to show that they could access classified information and readily provide it to Moscow to demonstrate their allegiance, according to the indictment.

However, the individual to whom they hoped to deliver the information was an undercover FBI agent. At a covert August 17 meeting, Gabrielian told the agent that she was devoted to helping Russia’s cause even if it cost her her job or landed her in prison. She arranged a subsequent meeting with Henry and the agent, still believing him to be affiliated with the Kremlin.

That evening, in the agent’s hotel room, Henry expressed that he was committed to supporting Russia and had considered enlisting in the Russian army after the invasion of Ukraine. However, he told the agent he was disqualified because he didn’t have any “combat experience.”

“The way I am viewing what is going on in Ukraine now, is that the United States is using Ukrainians as a proxy for their own hatred toward Russia,” Henry reportedly told the agent.

“Prior to Henry’s case, identifying as a sex different than the one on one’s birth certificate made a soldier unfit for military service, warranting discharge” writes National Review.

Gabrielian worked at the Johns Hopkins school of medicine, and Henry worked as a staff internist stationed at Fort Bragg.

If convicted, the two could face up to five years in federal prison for the conspiracy charge, and a maximum of ten years in federal prison for each count of publishing secret military medical records.

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