The administration is reportedly planning to restrict the definition of gender as immutable for an individual’s lifetime and that would be based on genitalia at birth, according to a draft memo obtained by The New York Times. Such a definition would essentially be a government declaration that there is no such thing as “transgender.” At least 1.4 million people in the U.S. currently identify as transgender, according to the Times.
The reported change is being spearheaded by the Department of Health and Human Services to establish a legal definition of sex under Title IX, the federal civil rights law that bans gender discrimination in education programs receiving government funding.
The NewYork times broke the news on this pending directive and describe it this way: "The Trump administration is considering narrowly defining gender as a biological, immutable condition determined by genitalia at birth."
You must realize that this is an all out attack on being transgender. Progressive communities and counties, like the one in which I live, have enacted enlightened civil rights stands to protect transgender rights. This could be a first step in rescinding all of our civil rights protections.
Given the current Supreme Court's conservative majority, we have little hope that these directives would be overturned. This could be the new Justice Kavanaugh's payback to the "calculated and orchestrated political hit by Democrats".
Understand that this will affect all within our community. You could lose your job for being a cross-dresser. Long ago granted gender marker changes could be rescinded. Healthcare providers could refuse treatment, and drop your coverage. You could be harassed in public, refused service, and barred from any public activities/facilities. You could be refused housing, a bank account, access to education and fair treatment under the law. All of this could happen with no recourse.
Individuals are going to feel empowered to discriminate and they will.
The National Center for Transgender Equality, which is one of the organizations planning the Washington rally, warned on Twitter: “Make no mistake, trans people are under direct attack from the Trump Administration.”
Could this be a first step in outlawing all transgender activities? Trump banning transgender people from serving in the military looks to only be the first step in the Trump/Pence challenge to our civil rights protections and our right to exist. Politics just got very personal. I am scared.