LGBTQ Rights Activist Jazz Jennings Hits Back At Trump Anti-Transgender Memo

Trump Administration Moves to Exclude Transgender People from Civil Rights Protections

Activists protest outside the White House after news leaks that the administration is considering radically redefining the definition of "gender" to erase transgender people out of civil rights law.

If the Trump administration moves forward with these hateful and hurtful policies, they will once again be met with opposition in courts and in communities.

The administration's decision could have severe consequences for LGBTQ people across the federal government.

There are 1.4 million Americans who recognize themselves transgender, according to the Times.

The Times report said the Department of Health and Human Services is working to define sex under Title IX as exclusively male or female at birth, with no room for change. In contrast, civil rights groups have referenced other court rulings that maintain bias against transgender people is discrimination under Title IX and other laws. But with 15 days to go before the mid-term elections, this might just ignite the backlash needed to take control away from Trump's Republicans.

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On Sunday, The New York Times reported that the Department of Health and Human Services is pressing for a definition of sex that would allow only two options - male and female.

Asked about a campaign promise to protect the LGBT community, Trump said: "I'm protecting everybody".

The Department of Health and Human Services told United States media it will not comment on alleged document leaks. The provision prohibits discrimination based on race, colour, national origin, sex, age or disability in "any health program or activity" that receives federal financial assistance.

One key figure at the head of this effort is Roger Severino, the director of the Office for Civil Rights at HHS. The agencies would consider the comments before issuing final rules with the force of law - both of which could include the new gender definition. "At every step where the administration has had the choice, they have opted to turn their back on transgender people". Anderson argues that gender can not be severed from biological sex, and that "taking our sexual embodiment seriously in public policy is not discriminatory"'. "Every person, no matter their gender identity, sex, or sexual orientation deserves the right to freedom and equality under the law". "Defining "sex" in this narrow language tailored to the talking points of anti-equality extremists is part of a deliberate strategy to eliminate federal protections for LGBTQ people".

"Let us be clear: For years, courts across the country have recognized that discriminating against someone because they are transgender is a form of sex discrimination, full stop".

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