The LGBTQ community is up in arms as the Transgender community may be in for a serious blow. The Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is planning to define gender based on science as opposed to personal beliefs.
“The department (DHHS) argued in its memo that key government agencies needed to adopt an explicit and uniform definition of gender as determined “on a biological basis that is clear, grounded in science, objective and administrable.”
The agency’s proposed definition would define sex as either male or female, unchangeable, and determined by the genitals that a person is born with, according to a draft reviewed by The Times. Any dispute about one’s sex would have to be clarified using genetic testing.
“Sex means a person’s status as male or female based on immutable biological traits identifiable by or before birth,” the department proposed in the memo, which was drafted and has been circulating since last spring. “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.”
“The new definition would essentially eradicate federal recognition of the estimated 1.4 million Americans who have opted to recognize themselves — surgically or otherwise — as a gender other than the one they were born into.
“This takes a position that what the medical community understands about their patients — what people understand about themselves — is irrelevant because the government disagrees,” said Catherine E. Lhamon, who led the Education Department’s Office for Civil Rights in the Obama administration and helped write transgender guidance that is being undone.”
A Transgender community leader spoke put against The DHHS.
“I feel very threatened, but I am absolutely resolute,” Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Rights, said at a news conference convened by more than a dozen activist leaders. “We will stand up and be resilient, and we will be here long after this administration is in the trash heap.”
As you can imagine this news did not go over well especially in Hollywood.
“This is pure evil. Get your friends together and vote like our lives depend on it. Because they do.” Billy Eichner tweeted.
“Trans actor Laverne Cox toldVariety that “Besides nuclear war and our president being an agent of Russia? For the trans community, with our previous president so much progress really happened, and most of the progress has been rolled back.”
“So what scares me for kids is that there really are no protections in schools. In places like Mississippi, there are states with laws that are criminalizing trans folks. I’m worried there’s no recourse now. I’m worried there’s no protection,” Cox said.”
Bette Midler, Mia Farrow, and many other posted their outrage via Twitter. But there was some dissent headed by none other than James Woods.
This bunch must be happy Trump is having the legal definition of a person’s sex to be based on biology, not personal mythology. pic.twitter.com/F23DZL2hww