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Policy / Our Policy Program
Our Policy Program
Whitman-Walker’s policy team recognizes that Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Queer people, as well as people living with HIV, face unique challenges that affect their health. We are here to advocate for your rights to quality healthcare with dignity and respect.

At Whitman-Walker Health, we understand that your environment and situations may affect your health and wellness. People who identify as LGBTQ face high levels of discrimination and difficulties accessing needed health and social services. Whitman-Walker’s policy team works with our healthcare providers and researchers, and with local and national advocacy groups on a range of issues important to LGBTQ health, the continuing fight against HIV and healthcare reform.

Our primary policy focus includes:

  • Access by LGBTQ people to affordable, welcoming, and clinically and culturally competent healthcare
  • Transgender health and wellness
  • Fighting HIV, especially in Black and Brown communities
  • Collection of data on sexual orientation and gender identity in healthcare and government surveys
  • Law and policy reform for people engaging in sex work
  • Special challenges faced by LGBTQ elders and youth

Comments Opposed to Proposed Changes to Procedures for Asylum and Bars to Asylum Eligibility

April 20, 2020

Testimony on Care for LGBTQ Seniors and Seniors with HIV Amendment Act of 2019

February 19, 2020

Testimony in support of House Bill 427 Action for Change of Name – Waiver of Publication Requirement

February 04, 2020

Comments Opposed to the SSA proposed rulemaking on Continuing Disability Reviews

January 30, 2020

Comments on NIH FY2021-2025 Strategic Plan for SOGI Research

January 24, 2020

Whitman-Walker’s Comments to DHS Opposing Restrictions on Employment Authorizations for Asylum...

January 13, 2020

Comments Opposing USCIS Fee Schedule Changes, Asylum Fees, and Interdepartmental Transfer

December 30, 2019

Comments of Whitman-Walker Health In Opposition To Proposed Changes To Nondiscriminati...

December 19, 2019

Testimony to DC Council in Support of Art Therapy Licensure

December 19, 2019

Comments Opposing the Implementation of Bilateral Asylum Coop. Agreements

December 19, 2019

Comments On the Triannual Information Collection for End the HIV Epidemic Plan RWHAP Recipient...

December 16, 2019

HIV, Criminal Laws, and Privacy Rights – Washington AIDS Partnership Health Corps

December 04, 2019

Statement in Support of Safehouse and Supervised Consumption Sites

December 03, 2019

Victory in Our Litigation Against the HHS Denial of Care Rule

November 20, 2019

Statement on the November 6 and 7 Federal Court Decisions Striking Down the HHS Denial of Care...

November 11, 2019

Statement in Support of Standby Guardianship Bill in DC

November 11, 2019

Comments Opposing Removal of 30-Day Processing Requirement for Asylum-related Employment Autho...

November 08, 2019

Testimony Supporting Bills Abolishing Gay & Trans Panic Defense in DC

November 06, 2019

Strengthening CDC Recommendations for HIV Testing in Adults, Adolescents, and Pregnant Women i...

October 28, 2019

Comments Opposing the Reorganization of the Executive Office of Immigration Review

October 25, 2019

Testimony in Support of B23-0318 Community Safety and Health Amendment Act of 2019

October 17, 2019

Comments Opposing Expanded Expedited Removal Policy

September 23, 2019

Federal HIV Policy: Contradictions, Opportunities, and Challenges presented at GLMA 2019

September 14, 2019

PrEP, TelePrEP, and Long-Acting PrEP: Legal and Policy Issues in the Current and Future HIV La...

September 13, 2019

Best and Promising Practices in LGBT Cultural Competence Training presented at GLMA 2019

September 11, 2019

Comments Opposing Interim Final Rule on Asylum Eligibility and Procedural Modifications

August 15, 2019

Comments Opposing HHS Proposed Rulemaking Undercutting Nondiscrimination Protections in the Af...

August 13, 2019

Additional Comments to Dept. of Homeland Sec. Opposing Proposed Changes to Eligibility for Fee...

July 05, 2019

Comments to Office of Management and Budget on Poverty-Related Inflation Measures

June 20, 2019

Comments to HHS on STD Federal Action Plan

June 03, 2019

Federal Court Complaint Challenging the HHS Denial of Healthcare Rule

May 28, 2019

Comments opposing Homeland Security proposed “fraud tip sheet” for people seeking immigration ...

April 15, 2019

Comments on the Youth Empowerment Information, Data Collection, and Exploration on Avoidance o...

April 09, 2019

Comments on the National Viral Hepatitis Action Plan

March 11, 2019

Comments on the National HIV/AIDS Strategy

March 11, 2019

Comments in Support of Proposed HIV-Related Study of Transgender Women

March 04, 2019

Testimony to DC Council on Responses to the District’s Substance Use and Overdose Crisis

February 11, 2019

Comments to CDC on proposed study of web-based outreach to Black and Hispanic/Latino MSM for H...

February 02, 2019

Comments to HHS opposing proposed rule allowing Medicare Part D drug plans to restrict...

January 25, 2019

Comments to Dept. of Homeland Security Opposing Proposed Changes to the Public Charge ...

December 10, 2018

HIV, Criminal Laws, and Privacy Rights – Washington AIDS Partnership Health Corps


December 05, 2018

Comments to Dept. of Homeland Security Opposing Proposed Changes to Eligibility for Fe...

November 27, 2018

Testimony to the DC Council on Bill 22-1001, the Health Insurance Marketplace Improvem...

November 07, 2018

Testimony to DC Council Supporting Bill 22-840, the LGBTQ Health Data Collection Amend...

October 31, 2018

Improving Laws and Policies to Protect LGBT Sex Workers – GLMA Annual Conference

October 12, 2018

HIV Treatment as Prevention: Benefits and Risks of U=U Messaging – GLMA Annual Confere...

October 11, 2018

Legal Issues Affecting PrEP Utilization – GLMA Annual Conference

October 11, 2018

Testimony to DC Council on Bill 22-877, the Protecting Immigrants From Extortion Amend...

October 09, 2018

Comments to Dept. of Veterans Affairs Opposing Exclusion of Gender Alteration From Med...

September 05, 2018

Comments to the Centers for Disease Control on Proposed HIV-Related Study of Transgender Women...

July 30, 2018

Response to HHS Request for Information on Approaches to Administrative Simplification...

July 02, 2018

Comments on FY 2021-2023 Trans-NIH Strategic Plan for HIV and HIV-Related Research


June 26, 2018

The Protective Health Effect of Legal Services for People Living With HIV – Abstract, SYNChron...

May 31, 2018

Comments to HHS Opposing Proposed Rule Endorsing Religious-Based Discrimination in Hea...

March 28, 2018

Comments to HHS ACL Urging Inclusion of Question on Gender Identity in Surveys of Olde...

March 20, 2018

National Report on LGBTQ Poverty (Chapter 5, Health and Wellness, Written by Whitman-W...

March 01, 2018

Criminalizing Sex Work: Exploring the Full Scope of the Law – Creating Change

January 31, 2018

Comments Opposing Interim Rules on Religious and Moral Restrictions on Contraception i...

December 06, 2017

Comments to HHS on Request for Information Posed by the CMS Innovation Center

November 20, 2017

Testimony to the DC Council on Bills Proposing to Amend the Universal Paid Leave Act

October 24, 2017

Testimony to DC Council on Bill 33-350, the Home Visiting Services Pilot Program Estab...

September 28, 2017

Testimony to DC Council on Bill 22-333, the Advanced Practice Registered Nurse Signatu...

September 28, 2017

Testimony to DC Council on Bill 22-228, the Safe Disposal of Pharmaceuticals Amendment...

September 28, 2017

Protective Health Effect of Legal Intervention On People Living with HIV – GLMA Annual...

September 14, 2017

Transgender Women Sex Workers in DC: Criminal Laws & Healthcare Barriers – GLMA An...

September 14, 2017

LGBT Cultural Competence Training: What Does It Really Accomplish? – GLMA Annual Confe...

September 14, 2017

Letter to UnitedHealthcare on problems with company policy on coverage of Post-Exposur...

August 21, 2017

Letter to CVS Caremark on problems with company policy on coverage of Post-Exposure Pr...

August 21, 2017

Testimony to the DC Council on Sexual Assault Victim and Sex Trafficking Reform Bills<...

July 13, 2017

Response to NIH Request for Information on Inclusion of Youth and Older Persons in Cli...

June 30, 2017

Testimony to DC Council on Bill 22-231, the DC HealthCare Alliance Amendment Act

May 19, 2017


Comments Opposing HHS Proposal to Stop Collecting Sexual Orientation and...

May 12, 2017

Testimony to the FDA Blood Products Advisory Committee on Need to Reform Blood Donation Polici...

March 28, 2017

Comments to HHS Opposing Proposed “Market Stabilization” Rules Under the Affordable Care Act ...

March 07, 2017

Comments to FDA on Further Changes to Policy Restricting Cay and Bisexual Men From Don...

November 23, 2016

Addressing LGBT Discrimination and Lack of LGBT-Competent Healthcare – GLMA Annual Con...

September 15, 2016

Comments to HHS Adm. On Community Living on Need to Assess the Health Needs of LGBT Ol...

August 22, 2016

Comments to Homeland Security on Proposed Revisions to Application for Temporary Protected Sta...

July 20, 2016

Testimony to DC Council Supporting Driver’s License and Identity Document Reform Bills...

June 23, 2016

Comments to U.S. Department of Labor on Rulemaking on Sex Discrimination in DOL-Funded Program...

March 25, 2016

Comments on Proposed Department of Labor Rule on Paid Sick Leave Requirements for Federal Contrac...

March 17, 2016

Comments on Proposed Health Education Standards to the DC Office of the State Superintendent of E...

March 17, 2016

Supplemental Comments to FDA on Policy Restricting Gay and Bisexual Men From Donating ...

December 11, 2015

'Health Challenges for LGBT People: The Law’s Contribution to the Problem and to the Solution'...

December 07, 2015

Letter to DC Council in Support of B21-0361, Youth Suicide Prevention and School Clima...

November 10, 2015

United States of America before the Department of Health and Human Services

November 08, 2015

Comments on the NIH FY 2016-2020 Strategic Plan to Advance Research on LGBT Health

November 02, 2015

Testimony to the DC Council Committee on Health and Human Services in Support of Bill 21-168, the...

October 28, 2015

'Tips for Navigating Workplace Issues When Living With HIV'

Presentation to the Nationa...

September 09, 2015

Testimony to the DC Council Committee on Health and Human Services on Bill 21-38, the ¨Death With...

July 23, 2015

Comments to FDA on Proposed Changes to Policy Restricting Gay and Bisexual Men From Do...

July 14, 2015

Testimony to the DC Council Committee on Health and Human Services on Bill 21-171, “The Health Ca...

June 29, 2015

'HIV, Criminal Laws, Public Health Laws, and Privacy Rights'

Presentation to the Washin...

June 27, 2015

'Uses of the Criminal Law to Control HIV Transmission: The U.S. Experience'


June 24, 2015

Comments to HHS on Proposed Collection of Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Data in Certifie...

May 29, 2015

'Anti-discrimination Laws and Religious Exemptions: Implications for LGBT People and Persons L...

May 01, 2015

Amicus Brief to the U.S. Supreme Court in Obergefell v. Hodges (Supreme Court Same-Sex Marriage C...

March 06, 2015

'Medical Legal Partnerships: The Intersection of LGBT Health & Justice' 


September 11, 2014

Comments to the Social Security Administration on Proposed Revised Medical Criteria for Evalua...

May 27, 2014

Meet our Policy Staff


Benjamin Brooks

Title: Assistant Director of Policy

Pronouns: He-Him-His

Phone: 202.797.3557



Daniel Bruner

Title: Senior Director of Policy

Pronouns: He-Him-His

Phone: 202.939.7628


All our Services are available in multiple languages upon request.

Our bilingual staff and volunteers will help get the language services you need!


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