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Millie @Milliennial
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Trump is attempting to erase transgender people from existence by strictly defining the word “gender.”
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In a series of decisions by the obama administration, the term “gender” was loosened under its legal concepts for federal programs, including education and health care.

If you remember the fights over who can/can’t use which bathroom, this was that.
However, a memo obtained by the NYT states that the Dept. of Health and Human Services (DHHS) is trying to establish a legal definition of “sex” under Title IX.

Title IX is the federal law that bans gender discrimination in education programs that receive government money.
The memo states government agencies need to adopt an explicit definition of gender “on a biological basis that it clear, grounded in science, objective, and administrable.”

It would define sex as either male or female, unchangeable, and determined by genitalia at birth.
Any dispute would be resolved with genetic testing.
This would:
- invalidate any changes made people who do not feel comfortable in their own body
- completely overlook the existence of intersex people (those with both male and female genitalia)
- erase any pronouns other than he/she
- realign the definitions of gender and sex
Sex and gender are not the same thing.
Sex - what “parts” you have, either by birth or reassignment
Gender - how you express yourself

Using them interchangeably as reported by @nytimes and the memo it reported shows, among other things, a lack of research.
But there is hope!
Within hours of the memo being released, the LGBTQ+ community mobilized.
- a rally for trans rights took place in NYC
- another is planned for Monday in Washington
- #WontBeErased
People’s lives are at stake.
Children’s lives are at stake.
People who wouldn’t have survived if they were forced to conform to a gender binary that doesn’t exist.
Show up for them.
Speak for them.

They will not be erased.
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