The Times report said HHS has argued privately that sex should not include gender identity "or even homosexuality", and that the Obama administration was wrong to extend civil rights protections. This confusion is key to transgender-rights arguments.
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But Walker, author of "God and the Transgender Debate", said, "The Trump administration is desiring a classification for male and female on the standard definition that all of human history has, up until recently, acknowledged". Transgender people have the right to not only exist, but to fully participate in public life.
"The older generation of trans people is pretty much unfazed by this", said Ortiz, who works as a transgender resource navigator for the youth program Task Force Prevention and the social service agency Chicago House. A "no" vote would repeal the law. "It's hurtful and discriminatory and it motivates me to continue working for our equality here on the state level".
"HHS's blaming the Obama administration and their reliance on a terribly flawed and now dissolved preliminary injunction that was and remains in conflict with the overwhelming majority of federal courts which have held that, properly construed, Title IX protects transgender students is shocking", Davidson said. "We've seen this happen throughout our dark history, whether it was Hitler or other tyrants". Individuals were largely allowed to define their own gender as opposed to it being confined to the sex with which they were assigned at birth. The policy has apparently caused a rift between Trump administration political appointees and career employees at the agency, the Times reported. Such a move would make it impossible to use the law to combat discrimination against transgender people. "That would be unprecedented in terms of that kind of wholesale reversal of civil rights".More news: Chad Kelly arrested for criminal trespassing
HRC is among the nation's most prominent LGBTQ rights groups, and its statement Sunday called on Congress to pass legislation enshrining protections it says are at threat should the Trump administration go forward with the reported plan. In it, he said, "More trans children will commit suicide".
R. Albert Mohler Jr., president of Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, said defining sex based on self-perception is "unworkable" for society, and at least some negative reactions to the Trump administration's proposal have been unreasonable.
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McGowan said the Justice Department overall has acted in ways that serve to bolster its interest when judges issue anti-LGBT decisions consistent with the Trump administration's policy. He called the possible change anti-science and "politics at its worst".
The Transgender Law Center, an Oakland-based non-profit, is the largest organization of its kind in the country.