Transgender Community And Allies Let Trump Know They #WontBeErased By His Bigoted Policies

The Trump administration doesn't believe transgender people should exist.

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| October 23 2018,

2:35 pm

The Trump administration is targeting transgender rights, but the trans community refuses to take it lying down.

On Sunday, The New York Times reported the Trump administration plans to roll back protections former President Obama established for transgender people.

The proposed initiative would define gender solely based on a person’s genitals.

“Sex means a person’s status as male or female based on immutable biological traits identifiable by or before birth,” the Department of Health and Human Services wrote in a memo. “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.”

This change could only be reversed by genetic testing and would eliminate the federal protection of the 1.4 million transgender people in this country.

Donald Trump spoke positively of the proposal and claims he plans to keep his campaign promise to protect the LGBT community, according to Reuters.

“We have a lot of different concepts right now. They have a lot of different things happening with respect to transgender right now,” 45 said. “I’m protecting everybody. I want to protect our country.”

The transgender community and their allies see it differently. Criticism of the initiative has been ongoing, and protests have popped up all over the country. A hashtag, #WontBeErased, went viral.

The proposed definition is considered an attack on an already vulnerable population. According to a 2015 report by the National Center of Transgender Equality, 48 percent of respondents experienced harassment or mistreatment because of their gender identity. If they’re Black, the rate is 58 percent, one percent more than their white or Latinx counterparts. Other people of color experienced harassment at equal or higher rates.

Between 2013 and 2017, 102 transgender people have been murdered, and 75 of them were Black according to a study by the Transgender People of Color Coalition and Human Rights Campaign. The current death toll for 2018 is 22 people, according to WBEZ. Black women make up the majority of deaths.


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