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What They’re Saying: Trump Administration Plans to 'Erase' Transgender Definition 

by Countable | Updated on 10.22.18

What’s the story?

  • The Trump administration is reportedly planning to narrowly define gender as a biological, fixed condition determined by genitalia at birth—a move that could drastically reduce federal protections for transgender people.
“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 Department of Health and Human Services memo says, according to the New York Times, which broke the story.
  • DHS is spearheading the effort to establish a legal definition of sex under Title IX, the federal law that prohibits gender-based discrimination. 

What’s the reaction?

  • Transgender Americans have vowed they #WontBeErased.
  • Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT) tweeted:
  • Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) said the administration was proposing "another terrible, discriminatory policy."
  • Jordan Evans, a transgender Republican – who’s also a town constable and elected library trustee in Charlton, Massachusetts - told the Washington Post she’s “absolutely distraught.”
“Not so much afraid for me,” clarified Evans, who began to transition in 2015. “I’m afraid for people who are younger than me—people who don’t have the kind of experiences in the world that I’ve had. They see this, and they’re rightfully terrified.”
  • Transgender advocate and whistleblower Chelsea Manning said that laws "don't determine our existence."
  • Others pointed out that this move goes against President Trump’s campaign pledge to protect LGBTQ Americans:
  • HHS spokeswoman Caitlin Oakley told USA TODAY that the department did not comment on "alleged leaked documents."
"A federal court has blocked HHS’s rule on gender identity and termination of pregnancy as contrary to law and infringing the rights of healthcare providers across the country. The court order remains in full force and effect today and HHS is abiding by it as we continue to review the issue.”

What do you think?

Do you support Trump administration efforts to define gender as unchanging and biologically determined at birth? Take action and tell your reps, then share your thoughts below.

—Josh Herman


(Photo Credit: @StevenCanals via Twitter)

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  • CandySickles
    10/22/2018
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    Biological Sex and Gender are two different things. There are, so far, 5 biological sexes. So how can you even say there are only 2 genders you can identify with? Ignorance at its finest.

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  • Nicky
    10/22/2018
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    Transgenderism is supported by scientific research and has the backing of the American Psychiatric Association and the World Health Organization. One of my best friends is a transgender woman. She is not mentally ill. In fact, her life has only improved since she transitioned. She is one of the strongest and loveliest individuals I have ever known. I am blessed to be able to call her my friend. Science does not back the claim that sex and gender are the same. In fact, even sex is non-binary due to the many chromosomal combinations (the World Health Organization has great materials on this ). This type of legislation would erase the identity of many Americans who are transgender or gender non-confirming. I implore each of you to support the LGBTQ+ community fully, including transgender individuals. This type of legislation is not written with true American ideals. We should protect our LGBTQ+ brothers and sisters fully and without question. They are not second-class citizens and deserve the full rights and respect cisgender Americans have. I am a straight, cisgender white woman from Kokomo, IN. But I know they deserve every right I have, including the right to identify. Please, support the LGBTQ+ individuals you represent and do not support this type of legislation. We will remember the action you take.

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  • AER
    10/22/2018
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    LGBTQIA+ rights are human rights.

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  • Joyce
    10/22/2018
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    Get behind your state legislators to pass the ERA giving all genders protection. This is not just about women any more.

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  • Ray
    10/22/2018
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    This law needs to be stopped! This is discrimination.

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  • Claire
    10/22/2018
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    There is a reason we have the separation of church and state. We need to keep moving forward in the United States as a country where everyone is accepted.

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  • Steve
    10/22/2018
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    IMPEACH the ass-hole!

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  • Robert
    10/22/2018
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    WHY??? What does this really accomplish other than hatred

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  • Danni
    10/22/2018
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    Trans rights are human rights. Point blank. Putting people in a box of male or female is unconstructive. Let US citizens live their best life! ❤️🧡💛💚💙💜

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  • Marc
    10/22/2018
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    Trump has been and is a liar. Nothing he says should be reported or replayed

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  • lilymrivera
    10/22/2018
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    You cannot disagree with Trans. Trans people EXIST. It’s an indisputable fact. Work on resolving existing issues, not creating issues that don’t exist and continuing to contribute to the regressive path we’ve been on for a while now.

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  • Mike
    10/23/2018
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    There are only 2 genders male and female and it is science-based not feelings.

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  • Christine
    10/22/2018
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    Trump and the government doesn't get to define a person's gender. Why do Republicans continue to promote themselves as fighting for small government when they want to regulate women's bodies, gender, religion and access to information?

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  • Andrew
    10/22/2018
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    Such a narrow definition oversimplifies human beings.

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  • FreedomPatriot
    10/22/2018
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    Once again the emotionally driven hysterical liberals believe anything they are spoon fed by the lying left!! Duped again by a misleading headline!!! These sheeple REFUSE to seek out the FACTS and READ the HHS document to understand what is being proposed!!! It has got to be painful to be that gullible!!! How do they even get through an average day of being an adult in America??? Awwww, bless their hearts!!!!

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  • Michelle
    10/22/2018
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    This is simply another pander to his tiny evangelical base.

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  • Robert
    10/23/2018
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    Poof! Just like that Trump proposes to eliminate one of nature’s gifts to human sexuality. Why are Republicans preoccupied with genitalia? Instead of defining people by what’s between their legs try viewing them as human beings. In typical Trump fashion, he wants others to share his delusional world view as he pretends that transsexuals don’t exist. Get this lying, delusional monster out of my government.

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  • burrkitty
    10/23/2018
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    This is violating the rights of millions of people and blatantly ignores the medical evidence and scientific research. I oppose these blatant attacks on the millions of LGBTQ citizens.

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  • LoganKY
    10/22/2018
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    Biology defines us. God decides what we are at birth. Only 2 genders.

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  • Lisa rick
    10/22/2018
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    Trans people don’t exist. There is no TRANS Gender. The genders are male or female period! That’s how God created us! So , there is no TRANSGender to be erased! It’s ridiculous! It never was. It’s an issue that’s been created by the LGBT communities and our last fiasco of a POTUS Obama! The very definition of gender is- “The state of being male or female”. Period. We’ve got such a mixed up world being fueled by stupidity!

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