ACLU Vows To Sue Over Trump's Anti-Transgender Plan

Roger Severino director of the Office for Civil Rights is interviewed at the office of Health and Human Services in Washington. LGBT leaders across the U.S. reacted with fury on Oct. 22 to a report that the Trum

According to The New York Times, a draft memo circulated by the Health and Human Services Department proposes defining gender as an immutable biological condition determined by a person's sex organs at birth. On Monday Jenner tweeted out a graphic directed at Trump stating "trans people won't be erased". "The Obama administration blurred the lines that define gender with its transgender bathroom edict threatening government schools with THE loss of federal funding if they continued to protect schoolchildren with private bathroom and locker room policies".

Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign, said in a statement that the memo was an attack on the entire LGBTQ community and called for the U.S. Congress to act on legislation to implement protections.

A month after President Trump took office, his administration withdrew the guidance, claiming that it didn't "contain extensive legal analysis or explain how the position is consistent with the express language of Title IX, nor did they undergo any formal public process".

This change would be a departure from practices developed during the Obama administration, which recognize a person's gender based on their own interpretation or identity rather than their chromosomal makeup or birth sex.

Any dispute about one's sex would have to be clarified through genetic testing, according to the Times' account of the memo.

About 1.4 million Americans identify as transgender.

Jon Davidson, legal director for Freedom for all Americans, affirmed the "Obama administration did appeal Judge O'Connor's preliminary injunction ruling" in the Title IX case contrary to HHS's statement, but added the notion the order remains in force "also is a lie".

Transgender activists are up in arms over reports that the Trump administration is considering a policy which would require government agencies to define a person's sex based exclusively on biological considerations.

Roger Severino, director of the Office for Civil Rights at the department, declined to answer detailed questions about the memo or his role in inter-agency discussions about how to revise the definition of sex under Title IX.

Activists who oppose transgender rights pointed out that even if Trump changes federal rules, MA has state laws banning discrimination against transgender people in employment, housing, and education. If "gender" refers to biological sex, there are only two genders, and, very rarely, intersex people.

This is the boldest move yet from the administration since their attempts to bar transgender people from the military. Trump told reporters he's "looking at it" and said that there are "a lot of different things happening with respect to transgender".

Angry reaction to news the Trump administration may revert to the traditional definition of gender in some federal programs, three evangelical commentators say, reveals society's confusion and need for ministry. The lack of expressly defined sexual identity, the memo says, "has led to confusion and negative policy consequences in the health care, education and other federal contexts".

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