Trump Administration Slammed For Leaked Plan To ‘Legally Erase’ Trans People

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The Trump administration is considering stripping transgender people of official recognition by creating a narrow definition of gender as being only male or female and determined at birth, according to a report.

The US government is reportedly planning to restrict the definition of gender as immutable for an individual’s lifetime and that would be based on genitalia at birth, according to a leaked memo obtained by the New York Times.

The Department of Health and Human Services is aiming to establish a definition of gender determined “on a biological basis that is clear, grounded in science, objective and administrable,” the report said.

“Sex means a person’s status as male or female based on immutable biological traits identifiable by or before birth.

“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.”

Advocates have blasted such a definition as essentially a declaration from the US government that gender identity and transgender people don’t exist and is being seen as a cruel rollback of the progress of the trans community.

The Human Rights Campaign said the plan detailed in the memo was “the latest effort in a consistent, multi-pronged campaign by the Trump-Pence White House over the past two years to undermine the rights and welfare of LGBTQ people.”

“Defining ‘sex’ in this narrow language tailored to the talking points of anti-equality extremists is part of a deliberate strategy to eliminate federal protections for LGBTQ people,” HRC President Chad Griffin said.

National Center for Transgender Equality executive director Mara Keisling said the attack on the trans community “will not succeed administratively, legally, or morally.”

“This administration is willing to disregard the established medical and legal view of our rights and ourselves to solidify an archaic, dogmatic, and frightening view of the world,” Kiesling said.

“If this administration is hoping to demoralize us, they will be disappointed. If they are hoping we will give up, they should reconsider the power of our persistence and our fury.”

‘We exist and we always have’

Politicians and celebrities alike have blasted the proposal, which will affect at least 1.4 million people in the US who currently identify as transgender.

Many began using the Twitter hashtag “#WontBeErased” in their condemnation of the leaked memo, and activists announced rallies and protests to voice their opposition to the change.


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