Laverne Cox, Peppermint, Janet Mock and more have spoken out after a leaked memo from the Trump administration detailing planned erasure of trans people.
The plans, exposed by the New York Times, affect 1.4 million trans people in the US.
The proposal is from the Department of Health and Human Services. It states: ‘Sex means a person’s status as male or female based on immutable biological traits identifiable by or before birth.’
It also says: ‘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.’
RuPaul’s Drag Race finalist Peppermint responded on Twitter, saying: ‘I woke to this. I’m honestly terrified. Basically TRUMP asked every gov agency define sex as only man or woman NOT Changable [sic]’
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‘Only birth sex will be valid. disputes to be settled by genetic tests. He’s already put people in charge who will approve this.’
‘We must not give up the fight’
In a statement on Instagram, Orange Is the New Black star Laverne said: ‘We must not give up the fight. But in the face of this affront on my existence and the existence of my community I choose love not fear. I choose love not fear. I choose love not fear. We exist and always have.
‘In indigenous cultures all over the world gender existed beyond the binary and folks who we would call trans today held sacred places in those cultures. Western colonialism drove those trans folks to the margins but we have always been here. Marginalizing trans folks is another Example of the brutality of colonialism.
‘This latest administration effort to legislate trans folks out of existence is yet another example of why the fight for gender equity must be intersectional and necessarily must include trans folks. Trans folks need everyone to stand with us in this fight, to let our government know this is not who we are.
‘We need the citizens of Massachusetts to #VoteYesOn3 Nov. 6 to send a strong message that you value the lives of your trans friends, family and neighbors.
‘Trans people have been under attack by this administration from day 1 and in state legislatures for years now. Let’s join together America and assert.’
Actress Janet Mock also spoke out, tweeting: ‘They can try all they want, but they cannot erase us.’
‘I can’t begin to express the rage I feel’
Chaz Bono, son of pop icon Cher said: ‘I can’t begin to express the rage I feel toward an administration that is trying to redefine me out of existence. Just another gift for his small minded base, terrified of the diversity that has always made America exceptional!
Cher herself added: ‘Fk These Ppl.Will MY SON Be Sent To INTERNMENT CAMP 2 Live with LATINO Children,& Be Kept In Cages in Places where [America] Cant See Them.THIS IS”HIS CODE”4,..MAKE THEM DISAPPEAR.’
A rally against the memo organized by The National Center for Transgender Equality, the Human Rights Campaign and other 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.