According to a report by the New York Times, the Trump administration is again looking at ways to attack the rights of transgender people in the United States. A memo released by the Department of Health and Human Services showed an effort to narrow the definition of gender to male or female, and for that assignation to be unchangeable from birth.
“Sex means a person’s status as male or female based on immutable biological traits identifiable by or before birth,” read the memo. “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.”
During the Obama administration, civil rights protections were expanded to better include transgender people. Under the Trump administration, those protections are being undone systematically. From attempts to ban trans people from serving in the military, and remove questions about gender identity from the 2020 Census, to rolling back protections related to health care and housing, Trump’s policies regarding transgender Americans has repeatedly been called cruel.