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Trump memo erasing transgender people would not abolish state ID gender markers

Trump memo erasing transgender people would not abolish state ID gender markers

Protests outside the White House over the leaked memo

During a press call today (22 October), the ACLU said they do not anticipate the Trump administration’s memo about transgender individuals and gender would counter-act gender changes or third gender markers on ID cards in states that allow such changes.

‘There’s nothing to suggest the federal government is going to reject wholesale a birth certificate from New York City because it has a non-binary marker,’ Chase Strangio Staff Attorney at the ACLU LGBT and HIV Project said.

Earlier this month, New York City followed in the footsteps of other states and introduced legal, non-binary birth certificates.

Why is there suddenly a threat to these IDs?

Over the weekend, the New York Times obtained a leaked memo from the Trump administration revealing a plan to erase trans people.

The memo reads: ‘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.’

While discussing this attack on the trans community, Strangio addressed the matter of birth certificates and other identification cards.

‘One of the many complexities of our federal systems are the many matrixes and conflicting rules when it comes to gender markers,’ he said.

Strangio further explained every city, state, and federal agency has their own policies in regards to IDs and gender markers. He added agencies do not need to change their IDs simply because a person’s city ID has their true gender.

‘Trans people have always been navigating this matrix of conflicting rules,’ he continued. ‘But I don’t anticipate people facing federal consequences just because their city ID lists a non-binary marker.’

He concluded: ‘It would not change the ability of states to protect transgender people, either from discrimination or identification rules.’

The ACLU is also preparing legal actions against the administration.

A growing trend

More are passing legislation allow transgender and non-binary people to change their gender on various IDs. Most of these changes include fewer required medical criteria.

Beyond New York City, Oregon and California were some of the first to legally make these changes.

Just last week, however, it was revealed Arkansas has been allowing this since 2010.

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