The Trump Administration is considering a proposal to narrow the definition of gender given at birth based on genitalia, a move that has been strongly opposed by transgender people.
The Department of Health and Human Services is reportedly weighing options to implement a streamlined definition of gender based “on a biological basis that is clear, grounded in science, objective and administrable,” and limit it to simply “male” or “female.”
Anyone who disputes the measure would have to undergo genetic testing in order to be reclassified, The New York Times reports.
“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 states, according to the Times.
The proposal has sparked outrage by many, including transgender star and advocate LaVerne Cox.
We must not give up the fight. But in the face of this affront on my existence and the existence of my community I choose love not fear. We exist and always have.
Trump Administration Eyes Defining Transgender Out of Existence https://t.co/G4rKB1mVfe
— Laverne Cox (@Lavernecox) October 21, 2018
The cruelty and bigotry of this administration truly has no limit. We should be doing everything we can to protect our transgender brothers and sisters. https://t.co/pD4dZ6tULc
— Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) October 21, 2018
laws don’t determine our existence – *we* determine our existence – it’s our weapon, our shelter, our energy, our healer, our truth – we will keep moving forward – we will keep fighting – existence is *our* only law ✊?? https://t.co/qBet8ccwpJ
— Chelsea E. Manning (@xychelsea) October 21, 2018
Hey allies! Do you have my back, because all I hear right now is your silence. https://t.co/Tk4F47fNQM
— Asia Kate Dillon (@AsiaKateDillon) October 22, 2018
trans rights are human rights.
— deray (@deray) October 21, 2018
Last year, the Trump administration banned the CDC (Center for Disease Control) from using seven words in any documents the agency plans to use to prepare its budget, which included words like ‘diversity’ and ‘transgender’.
“Transgender people are frightened,” said Sarah Warbelow, the legal director of the Human Rights Campaign, which presses for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, in an interview with the New York Times. “At every step where the administration has had the choice, they’ve opted to turn their back on transgender people.” After this article was published online, transgender people took to social media to post photographs of themselves with the hashtag #WontBeErased.
The Trump administration has also sought to bar transgender people from serving in the military and has challenged civil rights protections in the nation’s health care law.