Plans to Establish Biological Definition of Gender Threatens Trans Rights

HeadlineOct 22, 2018

The New York Times reports the Trump administration is attempting to eliminate the rights of transgender people by creating a narrow legal definition of gender. Citing a government memo that it obtained, the Times reports that the Department of Health and Human Services has undertaken an effort across several government agencies to establish a definition of sex under Title IX, the federal civil rights law that bans discrimination on the basis of sex. That definition would be either male or female, unchangeable, and determined by the genitals a person is born with. The proposal, if enacted, would reverse the expansion of transgender rights that took place under President Barack Obama. Responding to the Times article, hundreds of LGBT activists rallied in New York’s Washington Square Park Sunday night. Groups plan another demonstration today in Washington, D.C. We’ll have more on this story later in the broadcast with Chase Strangio, staff attorney at the ACLU.

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