Activists hit growing Trump opposition to “transgender protections”
| CNN – The Human Rights Campaign on Sunday called for the Trump administration not to go forward with a rollback of protections for transgender people, following a report in The New York Times on a draft proposal.
“Setting a destructive precedent, the Trump-Pence administration intends to erase LGBTQ people from federal civil rights protections and eviscerate enforcement of non-discrimination laws,” the group’s president, Chad Griffin, said in a statement.
HRC, among the nation’s most prominent LGBTQ rights groups, called on Congress to pass legislation enshrining protections it says are at threat should the Trump administration go forward with the reported plan.
Trump policy highlights “immutable biological traits identifiable by or before birth”
The Times report said the Department of Health and Human Services is working to define sex under Title IX as solely male or female at birth, with no room for change.
The proposal could formally be presented to the Justice Department by the end of the year, sources told the Times.
“Sex means a person’s status as male or female based on immutable biological traits identifiable by or before birth,” the proposal says, according to The Times.
The move, if made and followed through in coordination with other key federal departments, would mark a major shift for transgender rights under the law and reverse course from the Obama administration, which expanded the legal concept of gender in several instances to recognize gender identity did not always match one’s sex as determined at birth.
Vanita Gupta, head of The Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, said that the proposal “defies the medical community, science, civil rights laws, the courts and the dictates of human decency.”
Gupta worked in the Justice Department’s civil rights division during the Obama administration, and in her statement, said civil rights groups would use “every tool” they could to counter the reported Trump administration move. Read more.