ACLU Vows To Sue Over Trump's Anti-Transgender Plan

Lester Mason
October 22, 2018

The Trump administration is considering a biological definition of gender as determined at birth, which would reverse the recognition of individual choice developed under President Obama.

Since news of the memo broke, the organisation has launched a #WontBeErased hashtag on Twitter and called for supporters to attend a protest rally at the White House on Monday 22 October.

According to a memo obtained by The Times, the US Department of Health and Human Services is leading the effort to establish a legal definition of sex under federal civil rights law that bans gender discrimination in government-funded education programs.

That definition would define someone as either male or female, determined by a person's genitals at birth.

A leading transgender advocate called the government's reported action a 'super aggressive, dismissive, unsafe move'.

At least 1.4 million people in the US now identify as transgender, according to the Times.


"This administration is willing to disregard the established medical and legal view of our rights and ourselves to solidify an archaic, dogmatic, and frightening view of the world", writes Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, in a statement.

Cher's son Chaz Bono tweeted that the Trump administration is trying to "redefine me out of existence". "So am I. We are working to stop this and we will never give up".

Trump has called for the ejection of transgender people from the military, backed away from anti-discrimination laws that protect gay workers and supported the right of businesses to cite religious principles in not serving gay couples.

The current director of the Health Department's Office for Civil Rights Roger Severino is a conservative and a longtime critic of the Obama-era transgender moves, once rebuking "radical gender ideology" as a "culmination of a series of unilateral, and frequently lawless, administration attempts to impose a new definition of what it means to be a man or a woman on the entire nation", according to the Times.

It went on to say: "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".

Other reports by Iphone Fresh

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