News: Trump Admin Seeks To Erase Trans Americans
In what shouldn’t be a surprise to anybody except hardcore Trump supporters, the current administration has delivered yet another blow against the LGBTQ community. The Department of Health and Human Services seeks to roll back Obama-era definitions of sex and gender identity, possibly having a terrifying impact on the lives of trans Americans.
Currently, the definition of gender in the American legal system recognizes that it is largely an individual’s choice and is not determined by the sex assigned at birth. A Department of Health and Human Services memo obtained by The New York Times seeks to change this, arguing that government departments should define gender “on a biological basis that is clear, grounded in science, objective and administrable.”
What this means is that the current administration would define gender as immutably male or female based on the genitalia recorded at birth, and citizen’s disputes about their gender would require genetic testing. Legally, it will erase federal recognition of an estimated 1.4 million transgender Americans.
If the Department of Justice, Department of Education, and the Department of Labor accept the new definition, this would leave transgender Americans vulnerable to discrimination. It will also likely have a terrifying effect on the debates on which bathrooms and locker rooms transgender people can use.
Previous moves made by the Trump administration against the transgender community include a transgender military ban, Jeff Sessions rescinding transgender workplace protections, as well as the withdrawal of Obama-era guidelines on how schools should accommodate transgender students.
How do you guys feel about this new move from the Trump administration? Do you have any transgender friends or family that are now worried or afraid of what is to come? Share your stories with us in the comments section below.