The Trump administration is planning to legally erase transgender people, according to a leaked memo.
Obtained by the New York Times, the memo aims to restrict the definition of sex to genitalia at birth.
The proposed memo 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.
‘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,’ it read.
This decision would affect around 1.4 million people in the US who do not identify as their birth gender.
The leaked memo directly challenges Obama-era changes to Title IX – the federal civil rights law that bans gender discrimination in education programs that receive government financial assistance.
It would be one of the most damaging restrictions for trans people in the US. It’s also a rollback of legal protections for transgender people.
Trump’s crusade against transgender people
Debates around trans rights have plagued the country since Trump took office two years ago.
Most notably, debates surround trans people having access to the gendered bathrooms they identify with.
President Donald Trump also tried to ban trans people from entering the military, but was continually shut down.
Back in July 2017, Trump randomly tweeted: ‘After consultation with my Generals and military experts… the United States Government will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military.
‘Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs and disruption that transgender in the military would entail,’ he said.
He then tried to implement a watered down version of this ban, with no success.