According to a report by the New York Times, the Trump administration is again looking at ways to attack the rights of transgender people in the United States. A memo released by the Department of Health and Human Services showed an effort to narrow the definition of gender to male or female, and for that assignation to be unchangeable from birth.
“Sex means a person’s status as male or female based on immutable biological traits identifiable by or before birth,” read the memo. “The sex listed on a person’s birth certificate, as originally issued, shall constitute definitive proof of a person’s sex unless rebutted by reliable genetic evidence.”
During the Obama administration, civil rights protections were expanded to better include transgender people. Under the Trump administration, those protections are being undone systematically. From attempts to ban trans people from serving in the military, and remove questions about gender identity from the 2020 Census, to rolling back protections related to health care and housing, Trump’s policies regarding transgender Americans has repeatedly been called cruel.
Singling out and stigmatizing your transgender constituents isn’t just the antithesis of constituent service; it’s dangerous and gets us killed.I shouldn’t have to have more faith in than the POTUS to prevent this horror show but here we are.Danica Roem (@pwcdanica) October 21, 2018
According to the Times, a new definition will likely be presented to the Justice Department by the end of this year. If successful, the narrower definition would strip an estimated 1.4 million people of a legal recognition of their gender identity. This would result in loss of rights ranging from housing to healthcare to education.
The National Center for Transgender Equality called the proposal “an attempt to put restraints on the lives of 2 million people, effectively abandoning our right to equal access to health care, to housing, to education, or to fair treatment under the law.”
This proposal is an attempt to put restraints on the lives of 2 million people, effectively abandoning our right to equal access to health care, to housing, to education, or to fair treatment under the law.National Center for Transgender Equality (@TransEquality) October 21, 2018
Trans people are being attacked out of existence. We need people to notice, not to let us fade away unseen and unprotected. It’s not enough to protest after negative changes are made, we need to protest proposed changes so they don’t happen in the first place.Laura Kate Dale (@LaurakBuzz) October 21, 2018
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