Published: Wed, October 24, 2018
Worldwide | By Angelina Lucas

Trump considers rollback of transgender protections

Trump considers rollback of transgender protections

"Trans people have been under attack by this administration from day 1 and in state legislatures for years now", said Cox, a transgender woman.

While activists took to the streets, celebrities took to social media to share in the outrage.

"The Obama administration took advantage of every opportunity to advance the lesbian, gay, bi-sexual, and transgender (LGBT) movement through federal agencies without constitutional authority", USPIE continued, adding that its mission is "to end federal overreach in education and return control of education to parents and local communities".

In doing so, gender would be qualified as "unchangeable, and determined by the genitals that a person is born with", according to The Times.

The Trump administration is facing backlash for reportedly considering defining a person's gender as the one identified at birth based on genitalia.

But Walker, author of "God and the Transgender Debate", said, "The Trump administration is desiring a classification for male and female on the standard definition that all of human history has, up until recently, acknowledged". In a legal memo presented to the administration, a coalition of civil rights groups wrote: "The overwhelming majority of courts to address the question since the most relevant Supreme Court precedent in 1998 have held that anti-transgender bias constitutes sex discrimination under federal laws like Title IX".

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The memo theorizes that transgender people were "wrongfully" given civil rights under Title IX and Title VII anti-discrimination laws. It cited a Texas-based federal judge's opinion that the original rule went too far in concluding discrimination based on gender identity is a form of sex discrimination, which is forbidden by civil rights laws.

Although the HHS branded the New York Times report "misleading", Trump struck a different tone when he was asked about the issue by reporters while boarding Marine One at the White House on Monday (October 22). If the Justice Department considers the revised definition legally viable and enforceable, HHS can then approve and implement it as policy across a range of government agencies involved with Title IX enforcement.

When a reporter told the leader that "transgender Americans say you've given up on them", Trump replied: "You know what I'm doing?"

The part about a ruling in December 2016 seems to reference O'Connor's decision against an Obama-era regulation interpreting Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act, which bars sex discrimination in health care, to prohibit bias against transgender people, including refusal of gender reassignment surgery.

Planned Parenthood, thought to be the largest provider of hormone replacement therapy (HRT) in the United States, released a statement calling the memo "cruel and discriminatory", promising to continue supporting the trans community with HRT and family planning services.

"I'm protecting everybody. I want to protect our country", he said.

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