The administration is advocating to define gender as being binary, unchangeable, and determined by one’s genitals at birth — regardless of how people identify
The proposed change could essentially erase all federal recognition of trans and nonbinary people, including the estimated 1.4 million Americans who don’t identify as the gender on their birth certificate. Without accurate legal identification, a person would have difficulty opening a bank account, starting a new job, enrolling in college, applying for Medicaid, renting a house, or freely traveling. Losing civil rights protections would open them up to greater discrimination in all areas of their lives. It would also prevent them from accessing a range of services.
The proposal signals that the government may not protect transgender people from discrimination. Historic barriers and systemic discrimination mean that transgender people are more likely to be bullied in school, sexually harassed, evicted from a home, and fired from a job.National Center for Transgender Equality
Transgender people already face extreme discrimination in health care. Twenty-nine percent of transgender people report having been refused to be seen by a health care provider because of their actual or perceived gender identity. Thirty-three percent report being mistreated by providers while getting health care.Human Rights Watch
Legally defining gender as being defined by one’s genitals at birth would exclude trans and nonbinary people from a range of civil rights protections. That includes protections against workplace discrimination as well as protections against sex harassment and assault provided by Title IX, the federal law that prohibits sex discrimination in education.Color Lines
70% of transgender and gender-nonconforming people say they’ve faced serious discrimination in health care overall.
Every person — no matter their gender identity, sex, or sexual orientation — deserves equality under the law.
Doctors and leading medical groups, including the American Academy of Pediatrics, point to extreme harm that the Trump-Pence administration’s definition of gender could cause. Erasing transgender and nonbinary people’s federal recognition would take away their civil rights protections and could cause deep psychological distress. These consequences fall hardest on trans people of color, who already face systemic racism.
As a person of color, I am sick of seeing my trans siblings being assaulted and murdered. It’s time we recognize them and their gender. It’s time to end the violence toward trans people.”
HRC Foundation Youth Ambassador
LGBTQ allies and advocates responded to the adminstration’s proposal by organizing protests across the country. Trans and nonbinary people shared their stories, and the hashtag #WontBeErased went viral.Blavity
The proposal would continue the administration’s repeated attacks on LGBTQ rights. That includes trying to ban transgender people from serving in the military, rolling back civil rights protections for transgender students, and emboldening medical workers to deny health care services to LGBTQ people.Tracking Trump