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‘We won’t be erased’: protests erupt as Trump’s anti-trans policy emerges

‘We won’t be erased’: protests erupt as Trump’s anti-trans policy emerges

Protesters gather to support transgender rights

Trans rights activists in the United States took to the streets on Sunday (21 October) as details of a plan to legally erase transgender people emerged.

There was a large protest in New York with more planned in the capital, Washington DC, and elsewhere on Sunday and Monday.

There was also a massive call to arms on the internet.

The Trump administration is planning to legally erase transgender people by restricting the definition of sex to genitalia at birth.

This is according to a memo obtained by the New York Times.

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.

Protests

This was the scene in New York, where demonstrators gathered Washington Square Park.

 

 

Call to arms

LGBTI advocacy groups, celebrities, lawmakers and other allies took to the internet on Sunday. They spoke out in support of members of the trans community and promised to fight the proposal.

People online asked everyone to reach out to trans friends, families, and colleagues to give support. US citizens should be sure to vote for pro-LGBTI rights candidates in upcoming mid-term elections, netizens urged.

They also shared details of groups fighting for the rights of transgender and non-binary people.

 

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