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Trump Administration Eyes Eradication of Transgender Recognition

by Axios | Updated on 10.21.18

"The Trump administration is considering narrowly defining gender as a biological, immutable condition determined by genitalia at birth, the most drastic move yet in a governmentwide effort to roll back recognition and protections of transgender people under federal civil rights law," the N.Y. Times' Erica Green, Katie Benner and Robert Pear report.

What's happening: "[T]he Department of Health and Human Services is spearheading an effort to establish a legal definition of sex under Title IX, the federal civil rights law that bans gender discrimination in education programs that receive government financial assistance."


  • "The department argued in [a] memo that key government agencies needed to adopt an explicit and uniform definition of gender as determined 'on a biological basis that is clear, grounded in science, objective and administrable.'"
  • From the memo: "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."
  • Why it matters: "The new definition would essentially eradicate federal recognition of the estimated 1.4 million Americans who have opted to recognize themselves ... as a gender other than the one they were born into."

Be smart: The move would most directly impact discrimination cases in terms of education, but would likely have a much wider effect on the civil rights and public acceptance of transgender people. 

  • Opponents of transgender rights would likely use a redefined Title IX definition as an impetus to roll back all manner of civil rights. 
  • The Times' unusually striking headline recognizes the broad impact this could have: "Trump Administration Eyes Defining Transgender Out of Existence."

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  • burrkitty
    Voted Oppose
    10/22/2018
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    Oh F that. That’s not reality. Science and medicine don’t support that AT ALL. The number of births where the baby does not fit into strict definitions of male and female may be as high as 2%, of which 0.5% are due to visibly ambiguous genitals. Other reasons include atypical chromosomes, gonads, or hormones.These conditions are collectively called intersex or disorders of sex development, and defy a infant sex assignment. Forcing sex assignments through surgical or hormonal interventions violate the individual's human rights. Sex and gender are NOT absolute black and white and trying to pretend otherwise is denial of a huge volume of very well documented medical evidence and scientific research.

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  • TexasTRex
    Voted Support
    10/22/2018
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    Your DNA doesn’t change because you dress like the other sex, say you identify with the other sex, or even have surgery to remove what you were born with. It is a lie from the enemy that too many people are grasping onto. Peace is not found in running from truth. And truth is not changed just because you don’t believe it.

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  • Elizabeth
    10/21/2018
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    Trump is so uneducated and ignorant. There is a whole spectrum of sexuality. Let the individuals possess whatever gender they feel comfortable with. I am not threatened by this. Why does Trump have so many sexual hangups, women in general and the LGBT community. His early repressive childhood must have been at play.

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  • Chickie
    Voted Oppose
    10/22/2018
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    This bill is #45’s way to make transgender bigotry legal. #45 and his administration are on a parallel course with Hitler’s Germany. How can we stop the path of hatred? VOTE! #myvotematters

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  • Roger
    Voted Support
    10/22/2018
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    Fuzzy socialist science yet again raising its ugly head pushed by angry mobs. Your gender is determined at conception and you are either XX or XY (anything else is an abnormality of the biological process). It also does not matter what you feel like you want to be, or if you have mutilated your body to resemble the opposite sex, your DNA is very clear about your gender and unchangeable. Real women don’t have penises and real men don’t have vaginas no matter how much you idiots scream otherwise.

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  • Richard
    10/22/2018
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    Yeah, we all know that trump likes cats—he grabs ‘em all the time, he said. This is homophobic hatred plain and simple. A denial of Americans’ civil rights!

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  • TrulyTexan
    Voted Oppose
    10/22/2018
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    Why is the party of rapists and pedophiles so interested in everyone else’s sexuality. How long until they start dictating exactly with whom and how you have sex. Get rid of child rapist trump and holier than everybody else pence. They are not fit to run a laundromat much less a county.

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  • ethanfrancois
    Voted Oppose
    10/22/2018
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    First, gender and sex are two distinct concepts. I generally believe that gender is socially constructed and is dependent upon a number of cultural and social factors. However, I do not believe that my understanding of this particular concept should be enforced by a governmental agency or mandated in any authoritarian manner. Secondly, I do not believe it is appropriate for the federal government to decide this issue either. The role of government is to protect the rights/interests of its citizenry, not engage in a conservative culture war. The definition of gender + sex is a matter that is in no way connected to the responsibilities of governing — this is an atrocious misuse of constitutional authority.

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  • Jeanne
    Voted Oppose
    10/22/2018
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    You need to consult with Drs to understand that gender identification is not by genitalia alone. People who make laws owe it to Americans to educate themselves on a topic, and not vote by personal bias I am very concerned that our government is being taken over by narrow minded white supremest. Know that this is a 62 year old white female saying this. I am incredibly sadden by the condition of our government it has become a mockery

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  • Kodiwodi
    Voted Oppose
    10/22/2018
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    Right, because science totally doesn’t support that and in trumplandia where religion and fascism rule there are only three sexes: male, female and money.

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  • Lori
    Voted Oppose
    10/22/2018
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    Protect all LGBTQ people. Equal rights and protection.

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  • Jessie
    Voted Oppose
    10/22/2018
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    My family is directly affected by this assault. This is not something anyone made a choice about. It is something that happens before birth. Please please educate yourself on the science. These are real people who are no threat to anyone. Just people who deserve the same rights and protections of any other human being. There are real threats to our society out there. Transgender people are not one of them. Please protect my family. Yesterday it was race, today transgender, tomorrow, ? Who is the next target of hate.

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  • Azrael
    Voted Oppose
    10/22/2018
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    This is just sick

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  • Mindful
    Voted Oppose
    10/22/2018
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    Trump acting the only way he can as a bigot, racist, xenophobic, misogynist, narcissist, pathological liar poor excuse for a human being. Yet, to our misfortune acting as POTUS. It’s the Office we hold in deep respect. November may bring us the relief we long for.

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  • Kevin
    Voted Oppose
    10/22/2018
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    Trans people are people too and should be respected. This policy is discriminatory against the trans people. Please oppose, thank you.

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  • HumanMawile
    Voted Oppose
    10/22/2018
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    I exist. Science says me and my trans siblings exist Basic human rights says that this idea of binaries is just wrong. No one understands as much as they think. High school biology really doesn’t say the whole story, though maybe it should. Even then gender a social construct and we defend other socially constructed categories fervently. Please listen to stories, please don’t close your mind thinking you understand of that you’re doing what’s best. You’re just one person. If you open to others you learn so much more.

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  • Christine
    Voted Oppose
    10/22/2018
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    trump-pence and their homophobic thugs MUST be stopped. They must NOT be allowed to chip away at HUMAN RIGHTS. The American people are against discrimination. Get out and VOTE. 🌊🌊🌊🌊🌊🌊🌊🌊🌊🌊🌊🌊🌊🌊🌊BLUE TSUNAMI

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  • I.Got.an.Idea...
    Voted Oppose
    10/22/2018
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    Conservatives and Republicans apparently believe they have been authorized by a higher power to define who is, what is, etc., without the ethical utilization of science. I vote to eradicate conservatism from the planet. Conservatism is the true plague of the planet. These radicals are harmful to society and humanity. Since Conservatives are responsible for dumping all of the trash in our oceans, for greed and profit, we can give the Pacific trash island to the Conservatives of the world and let them live on it.

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  • Brad
    Voted Support
    10/22/2018
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    Sex should be defined by the sex at birth. This the God given sex we are made with.

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  • Donna
    Voted Oppose
    10/22/2018
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    This is just another way for djt to sow discord, division, hatred and fear in this nation. This is not the reason Americans elect their president. He is more interested in tearing the factions in this country part than he is in bringing the nation together for the overall common good. I am tired of the BS, lies and hateful speech coming from this human and his sycophants. He ignores science when it is inconvenient for him and has his sycophants embrace it when it serves their purpose - which in this and so many other cases seems to be spreading his hateful and discriminatory rhetoric throughout our society. Discrimination of ANY kind is wrong. Until January, 2017, I thought this nation believed in the rights of its citizens to live in a free society protected by the Constitution. He is trying to change that and will fail miserably. The majority of Americans are better than this!

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  • JamieD
    Voted Oppose
    10/22/2018
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    This is wholly unnecessary and harmful. They want to go by biological sex, but sorry, that isn’t clear cut either. So this move would erase intersex folks as well, people who have ambiguous genitalia and whose chromosomes don’t “match” their physical characteristics. As science progresses, it’s painting a grayer world than the black and white one conservatives think they live in. Conservatives need to learn about the science and overcome their fears.

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