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Report: Trump Administration Seeking To Define Gender, Revoke Transgender Rights

October 22, 2018 - 9:03 am

WASHINGTON (WCBS 880) -- The Trump administration is reportedly considering narrowly defining gender in an effort to roll back protections of transgender people under federal civil rights law.

According to a New York Times report, the Trump administration is seeking to define gender as a biological, immutable condition determined by genitalia at birth.

Now, LGBT rights groups and activists are mobilizing against the president as the Department of Health and Human Services attempts to establish a legal definition of sex under Title IX.

The new definition would essentially erase all federal recognition of an estimated 1.4 million Americans who identify as a gender other than the one they were born into.

The Human Rights Campaign on Sunday called on Congress to pass legislation that would cement protections for transgender people should the Trump administration go forward with its reported plan.

The draft proposal would also come as a stark contrast to Trump’s promise during his 2016 presidential campaign to be an ally to the LGBT community.

Unfortunately, the new measure is not the Trump administration’s first attempt to revoke Obama-era advancements for the transgender community.

Shortly after he took office, President Trump sought to ban transgender people from serving in the military, rescinded a memo protecting transgender workers and worsened protections for transgender people in health care.