Caitlyn Jenner Slams Trump Over Proposed Transgender Erasure Policy

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"We will stand up and be resilient, and we will be here long after this administration is in the trash heap". Planned Parenthood calls on Congress to fight against these inhumane attacks by passing the Equality Act, which would rightfully cement civil rights protections for LGBTQ communities.

The upheaval stems from a memo that The New York Times obtained that alleges that the Department of Health and Human Services is working to legally define gender as either male or female.

"Activists held signs that said "#WeWillNotBeErased" - a hashtag that spread on social media after the publication of the Times report - and marched to the White House to rally against the proposal.

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The New York Times reports that the Department of Health and Human Services has circulated a memo proposing that gender be defined as an immutable biological condition determined by a person's sex organs at birth.

Advocates say the policy unfairly erases transgender people and turns back the clock on progress made for LGBTQ people under former President Barack Obama. "I want to protect our country". The rules were meant to end discrimination based on gender identity.

"The Obama administration's broad definition of "sex" was enjoined by a federal court on a nationwide basis in December 2016 and the Obama administration did not appeal", Oakley said. Representatives from the Trump administration argue that sex discrimination laws were never meant to include gender identity.

In the past, Roger Severino, head of the Office of Civil Rights accused the Obama administration of a "radical gender ideology". Many civil rights groups have pointed to other court rulings that said bias against transgender people represented discrimination under Title IX and other laws.

Reports last week that the federal government is attempting to establish a narrow legal definition of gender has prompted swift outrage from psychology, civil liberty and transgender rights organizations.

Such an interpretation would reverse the expansion of transgender rights that took place under the previous administration of President Barack Obama.

"What they are saying is you do not get to decide your sex; it is the government that will decide your sex", said Samuels. "Purposely ignoring this body of evidence is indefensible and certain to add to the stress and discrimination already experienced by transgender people".

For the past year, the Department of Health and Human Services has privately argued that the term "sex" was never meant to include gender identity or even homosexuality, and that the lack of clarity allowed the Obama administration to wrongfully extend civil rights protections to people who should not have them. "Although it is hard for anything the current Departments of Justice, Education, or Health and Human Services do or say on LGBTQ issues to surprise me anymore, this manages to, and it is appalling".

"Regardless of what we may think of the arguments", Stith said in written comments, individuals who identify as transgender "are real people facing a struggle for which they did not ask".