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READ: Caitlyn Jenner Says ‘This Leaked Memo Is an Unacceptable Attack on My Community, We Will Not Be Erased!”

And she's a Republican.
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Lifelong Republican Caitlyn Jenner spoke out against President Donald Trump publicly and clearly for one of the first times since he took office in January 2017.

In an interview with People magazine, Jenner addressed the President directly in response to his administration’s plans to establish gender as binary and determined at birth.

Jenner stated:

“The Trump administration has ferociously attacked my community again. Just as an FYI Mr. President—the military is the single largest employer of trans people in the world.”

“This leaked memo is an unacceptable attack on my community. We will not be erased!”

The memo referenced came from the Department of Health and Human Services, under Trump’s appointee Alex Azar. The Trump administration, through DHHS and Azar, hopes to define gender as a biological, binary, immutable condition determined by genitalia at birth.

In addition to erasure of the transgender community and ignorance of science and the multiple factors that biologically determine gender beyond genitalia, it also ignores the traditional cultures of the United States.

Many tribal cultures indigenous to the United States recognized more than a binary gender construct. They recognized from three to seven genders.

To mandate all people in the United States must recognize only two genders is also an erasure of Native American heritage and traditional culture.

DHHS and the Trump administration seek to attach their narrow gender definition under Title IX. Title IX banned discrimination based on a person’s sex in federally funded education programs.

But since taking office, the Trump administration have attempted to use the law to limit the rights of sexual assault victims on college campuses and strip the LGBT community of their basic human rights with attachments made by memo through Betsy DeVos at the Department of Education, DHHS and Ben Carson at Housing and Urban Development.

The leaked DHHS memo states:

“Sex means a person’s status as male or female based on immutable biological traits identifiable by or before birth. 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.”

Their definition shows a distinct lack of scientific knowledge or understanding of the multiple factors that contribute to human gender beyond physical appearance of genitalia on a newborn. But ignorance of science is a frequent criticism of the Trump administration and the Republican Party.

Jenner herself proved reluctant to criticize her own political party after she came out which led to considerable backlash toward Jenner from the transgender community and their allies.

But Caitlyn Jenner was born in 1949 in a traditionally conservative family in upstate New York. Her coming out as transgender in April 2015 and transitioning negates none of that lifetime of conservative views.

She also lived in California for decades, after winning the Olympic gold in the decathlon in 1976. Jenner is used to the Ronald Reagan and Arnold Schwarzenegger breed of Republican, not the Tea Party Republicans and those entrenched in the religious right of Evangelical Christianity.

Jenner originally supported Trump, angering many in the LGBTQ community and their allies. But she changed her mind after Trump attempted to eliminate transgender people in the military.

In August, she stated:

“I honestly don’t know what happened when he got in there. It was extraordinarily disappointing.”

But people disagree with Jenner’s assessment of a Trump change.

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