Fresh off promoting “LGBTQ for Trump” tees for Pride month, President Donald Trump’s administration is targeting transgender people…again.
The Department of Health and Human Services proposed a new rule that would woefully walk back an Obama-era regulation defining sex-based discrimination to include gender identity. The definition relates to section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act, which prohibits discrimination in healthcare on civil rights grounds.
“Sex means a person’s status as male or female based on immutable biological traits identifiable by or before birth,” the department proposed. “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.”
The move horrified and further mobilized transgender activists.
Today, for the first time in my life that I remember, in response to the news, I simply flomped down in a chair and wept.
My wife and son reminded me I am loved. But that's not why i cried.
Bury the rag deep in your face. Now's the time for your tears.
— Jennifer Finney Boylan 🦑 (@JennyBoylan) May 24, 2019
⚠️ Trans lives are in danger.
The new rule by @HHSgov makes it legal for medical providers to discriminate against trans people. This rule means a trans person’s live-saving healthcare is at risk. #ProtectTransHealth by adding your voice to the fire: https://t.co/yYM4Q0n0Y9 pic.twitter.com/S7b0HZqKtx
— TransgenderLawCenter (@TransLawCenter) May 24, 2019
Happy Pride month from the administration selling pride merch. pic.twitter.com/ANEgFtjbVM
— Eliel Cruz (@elielcruz) May 24, 2019
What’s more, the move is only the latest development in what has been an onslaught of discriminatory, harmful policies targeting the transgender community.
Just yesterday, the Trump administration proposed a rule allowing homeless shelters to discriminate against transgender people.
At 19 I was fired from my job for being trans & became homeless. Women’s shelters rejected me because of my assigned gender at birth. Men’s shelters denied me for reading female. I ended up on the streets & encountered several near death experiences. Trump knows what he’s doing.
— Ashlee Marie Preston (@AshleeMPreston) May 22, 2019
Here are the facts:
🚨 1 in 3 trans people have been homeless in their lives
🚨 70% of trans people who have used a shelter have experienced harassment
🚨 This is a heartless move against some of our society’s most vulnerable.#SheltersSaveLives #WontBeErased pic.twitter.com/ITIkV7ITjg
— National Center for Transgender Equality (@TransEquality) May 22, 2019
Three transgender women were violently murdered this week.