'Banned' Words Projected Onto Trump Hotel (Photos)

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On Dec. 19, the Trump International Hotel in Washington, D.C., featured the words that President Donald Trump asked the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention to stop using.

The Human Rights Campaign and visual artist Robin Bell projected the seven words -- "fetus," "entitlement," "diversity," "transgender," "vulnerable," "evidence-based," and "science-based" -- onto the hotel, the HRC's blog reveals.

They ended their message with, "We will not be erased."

"The Trump-Pence Administration banned the CDC from using words like 'transgender' and 'diversity' in an effort to erase us," wrote the HRC on Twitter. "Tonight we met their attacks with a resolve to be louder and more visible than ever before."

Social media users uploaded footage of the light display where it quickly went viral. The projection was also displayed on the side of the eight-story HRC headquarters, also in Washington, D.C.

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The HRC also filed a Freedom of Information Act complaint with the Department of Health and Human Services for records including the words from November 2016 onward.

HRC Director of Government Affairs David Stacy explains the projection was also a move to defend the CDC.

"It was not long ago that the government tried to ignore the reality of the HIV and AIDS crisis to the detriment of millions," Stacy said. "This kind of erasure has potentially catastrophic consequences beyond the words used by the CDC -- it could impact the very programs most vital to the health of transgender people, women, youth and others."

On Dec. 15, reports revealed the Trump administration suggested the CDC refrain from including the seven words in the 2019 budget and other related materials.

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Some argue it is a political ruse to make Republicans support the department’s 2019 budget, reports The New York Times.

The move shocked the CDC and the nation, with many calling it a form of censorship.

According to the Department of Health and Human Services agency spokesman, Matt Lloyd, however, it is not an outright ban.

"The assertion that H.H.S. has 'banned words' is a complete mischaracterization of discussions regarding the budget formulation process," Lloyd said in an email.

Nevertheless, many were outraged.

"It’s absurd and Orwellian, it’s stupid and Orwellian, but they are not saying to not use the words in reports or articles or scientific publications or anything else the C.D.C. does," a former federal official said. "They’re saying not to use it in your request for money because it will hurt you. It’s not about censoring what C.D.C. can say to the American public. It’s about a budget strategy to get funded."

According to ThinkProgress, CDC Director Brenda Fitzgerald tweeted out: "I want to assure you there are no banned words at CDC."

“We will continue to talk about all our important public health programs.”

Sources: HRC, Human Rights Campaign/Twitter, ThinkProgress, The Washington Post, The New York Times / Featured Image: Gage Skidmore/Flickr / Embedded Images: Twitter

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