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#WontBeErased: Trump Administration Moves to Erase Transgender Identities

#WontBeErased: Trump Administration Moves to Erase Transgender Identities

 Cover Photo by Sarah Epperson


On October 21, 2018, The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) proposed an initiative to define the legal definition of “sex” under Title IX, which is a federal civil rights law that bans gender discrimination in education programs that receive government financial assistance. The agency’s proposed definition would define sex as either male or female, unchangeable, and determined by the genitals that a person is born with. By placing a more strict cap on the definition of sex, this initiative would undermine the laws in place that already ban gender discrimination. Sex and gender are not the same thing, but this proposal would make an individuals biological sex unchangeable unless a genetic and blood test is done proving otherwise, which in turn makes transgender and gender identity invalid.

The DHHS has come up with a loophole rendering that DNA and blood results cannot be altered, therefore neither can sex and gender. This is disheartening to transgender individuals, allies and advocates alike. 

The new definition proposed in the memo states 

“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.”

This definition would essentially erase an estimate of 1.4 million Transgender Americans who do not identify as their biological sex. 

“Transgender people are frightened. At every step where the administration has had the choice, they’ve opted to turn their back on transgender people.”
— Sarah Warbelow, Legal Director of The Human Rights Campaign

This proposal is even more awing because 2018 has seen several triumphs in the direction of transgender inclusivity. A brief overview of some of the progressive laws passed this year:

The potential narrowing of the definition of “sex” has sparked the #WontBeErased movement, which is not just a social media hashtag, but has sparked almost immediate protest. Several cities, including New York City have organized marches and rallies after The New York Times published the article which broke the news on the morning of Sunday, October 21, 2018. LGBT activists organized a rally outside the White House Monday morning, with an estimated several hundreds in attendance. Sarah Kate Ellis, the president and chief executive of GLAAD, said “You saw such a massive response because this attack on the trans community is essentially trying to erase the trans community from the face of this country, and we’re not going to stand for that.”

 Photo via The Human Rights Campaign, October 22, 2018

Photo via The Human Rights Campaign, October 22, 2018

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