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Rights groups and activists are mobilizing against a reported Trump administration plan to narrowly define gender, a move that could dramatically reduce federal protections for and recognition of transgender people.
LGBTQ supporters gathered Sunday night in New York’s Washington Square Park, while others took to social media to blast what is seen as an attempt to marginalize transgender people.
According to a memo obtained by the New York Times, the Department of Health and Human Services is leading an effort to establish a legal definition of sex under Title IX, the federal law that prohibits gender-based discrimination. The department reportedly favors a uniform definition of sex as a fixed matter, determined as either male or female by genitalia at 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,” the memo says, according to the Times.
The White House’s new definition, if implemented, would mark a significant rollback of Obama-era policies that largely allowed people to choose how they identify rather than be determined by the sex assigned at birth. There are at least 1.4 million Americans who currently identify as transgender.
Civil rights groups across the board have pledged to fight back. The Transgender Law Center blasted the administration’s reported plan as an attempt “to erase our very existence as transgender people.” On social media, #WontBeErased is trending, and activists are planning a rally at the White House Monday.
Just another denial of science by the Trump administration.
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