What Trump’s Proposal Means for Transgenders #WontBeErased
Our dear President Trump claims he’s “protecting everybody” after a memo from his administration was leaked that basically said transgender people won’t receive any protection from the government anymore. If that doesn’t scare you, I don’t know what will.
Not only has the Trump administration single handedly backpedaled on many of the great education programs that Michelle Obama put into place, but now he is trying to erase all federal protection for those who don’t identify as the gender on their birth certificate.
On Monday (Oct. 22) The New York Times leaked a memo from the Trump administration that stated the legal definition of sex as “a biological, immutable condition determined by genitalia at birth.” That basically says that transgenders would no longer be allowed to change their gender on any type of legal documentation no matter what.
Of course this is a huge discrimination in and of itself, but some of you might be wondering why this is such a big deal. Not only does it provide psychological relief for thousands who feel trapped inside a body they never asked for, but there are legal repercussions as well. And, no, it’s not just about bathrooms.
After years of law-making and bill-passing, transgenders finally have civil rights that protect them from discrimination in schools and in the workplace. If this proposal labeled as “Title IX” gets passed, you can kiss all those protections goodbye. The proposal is super vague as it is: it states that no person is allowed to be discriminated against based on sex, but it doesn’t define what discrimination and sex are in context. So, if no one really knows what that means, then it will be left up to interpretation. And we all know who will be doing the interpreting. Hint: it’s not going to be anyone that is sympathetic towards the situation.
If you don’t think this bill has a chance of being passed, then look around. It’s already happening. One month after Trump was elected last year, he immediately rescinded the Obama issued guidance, stating that schools should address students by the pronoun they wish to be identified as. Shortly after that, Trump banned transgenders from entering the military. The discrimination is already happening, babes, and we have to do something to stop it, even if we aren’t directly associated with the problem.
Civil rights for transgenders is the same as women’s rights and racial rights. We all deserve to be treated with respect, no matter if people agree with who we are or not.
Stay tuned if you’re interested in whether this proposal could potentially turn into a law because as always, I’ll keep digging.
Disclaimer: I got my news from CNN and MSNBC.
Cover image via Al Dia News