Trump administration considering rollback of transgender protections, report says

People at a rally for LGBTQ rights in New York City in October 2018

Any dispute about one's sex would have to be clarified using genetic testing.

"You saw such a massive response because this attack on the trans community is essentially trying to erase the trans community from the face of this country and we're not going to stand for that", said Sarah Kate Ellis, the president and chief executive of GLAAD, an advocacy group for LGBT people.

The Department of Health and Human Services has undertaken an effort across several government departments to establish a legal definition of sex under Title IX, the federal civil rights law that bans discrimination on the basis of sex, the Times said, citing a government memo that it obtained.

President Donald Trump briefly addressed the latest controversy as he left the White House for a political trip to Houston, but left unclear how his administration plans to proceed. "They have a lot of different things happening with respect to transgender right now - you know that as well as I do - and we're looking at it very seriously".

She concluded by tagging Trump in an article which explains gender identity terms.

She also shared a poster on Twitter which features the words "Trans people won't be erased" nine times and tagged Trump with it. Singer Ariana Grande showed her support for the cause by sharing the same poster on her Instagram Stories, as well as others bearing the messages "Offer love & support to your trans & non-binary friends" and "Vote for politicians and policies that protect trans people".

A spokeswoman for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) declined to comment on what she called "allegedly leaked documents" but cited a ruling by a conservative US district judge as a guide to transgender policy.




"The court order remains in full force and effect today and HHS is abiding by it as we continue to review the issue", Roger Severino, the director of the Office for Civil Rights at the Department of Health and Human Services, said in a statement.

"Sex of individuals is not correlated always with their genitals at birth, or with their chromosomes", said Safer, who also serves as president of the United States Professional Association for Transgender Health. "If this administration wants to try and turn back the clock by moving ahead with its own legally frivolous and scientifically unsupportable definition of sex, we will be there to meet that challenge".

The Trump administration is responsible for the well-being of all Americans.

But in practice, he said, transgender people would still have legal protection because the courts have ruled that they are covered under the umbrella of sex discrimination.

It would mean they would not be able to change their gender in legal terms later in life and remove Barack Obama-era protections for transgender people under U.S. civil rights laws in health care, schools and the military.

The recent memo release is only part of a decade-long debate over how to categorize and treat people that don't fit gender norms. Treatment can range from sex-reassignment surgery and hormones to people changing their outward appearance by adopting a different hairstyle or clothing.

About 1.4 million USA adults identify as transgender, according to a 2016 estimate by the Williams Institute, a research centre at UCLA Law School focused on sexual orientation and gender identity law and public policy.

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