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ACLU threatens legal action if Trump admin actions memo erasing trans people

ACLU threatens legal action if Trump admin actions memo erasing trans people

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The American Civil Liberties Union (ALU) has threatened legal action if the Trump administration acts on a leaked memo detailing the erasure of trans people.

Exposed by the New York Times, the memo states: ‘Sex means a person’s status as male or female based on immutable biological traits identifiable by or before birth.

‘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 memo has been condemned by LGBTIs and allies worldwide.

‘It will not go unchallenged’

Responding to the news,  James Esseks, director of the ACLU LGBT & HIV Project said in a statement: ‘This is an attack on the very lives and existence of transgender people.’

‘It is painful, it is hateful, and it will not go unchallenged,’ he furthermore added. ‘Transgender people have the right to not only exist, but to fully participate in public life. Transgender people are real and transgender lives have meaning.

“If the Trump administration moves forward with these hateful and hurtful policies, they will once again be met with opposition in courts and in communities. More and more courts are seeing that policies targeting transgender people have no place in our country. The ACLU will fight back against any efforts to use transgender people as political pawns and continue to seek full equality for transgender and nonbinary people.’

‘I can’t begin to express the rage I feel’

OITNB actress Laverne Cox and RPDR finalist Peppermint are among the celebrities speaking out on the memo.

Actress Janet Mock also tweeted: ‘They can try all they want, but they cannot erase us.’

Chaz Bono, son of pop icon Cher also hit out at the news. ‘I can’t begin to express the rage I feel toward an administration that is trying to redefine me out of existence,’ he said.

‘Just another gift for his small minded base, terrified of the diversity that has always made America exceptional! #Vote.’

A rally against the memo organized by LGBTI advocacy groups took place in New York City yesterday. Another will take place in Washington, D. C later today [Monday 22 October]. For more information, click here.

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