Wednesday, October 24, 2018

We Must Protect Trans Civil Rights

This issue deserves more than to be a part of one post. The attack on trans civil rights is unacceptable and must be met with mass resistance. Any reversal on the Obama era expansion of gender rights to trans people would be unacceptable, but this is more than that. It looks to explicitly define gender by an outdated, cissexist assignment of gender at birth based on your little baby genitals.

The department argued in its memo that key government agencies needed to adopt an explicit and uniform definition of gender as determined “on a biological basis that is clear, grounded in science, objective and administrable.” The agency’s proposed definition would define sex as either male or female, unchangeable, and determined by the genitals that a person is born with, according to a draft reviewed by The Times. Any dispute about one’s sex would have to be clarified using genetic testing.

This would be a huge blow to the trans community, representing not just a step backward, but a step into evil, terrifying territory we've never even been in as a nation. It's like George W. Bush trying to officially define marriage to fuck over same sex couples, but worse.

Meanwhile, Trump is rushing anti-trans lawyers into the courts.

This week, they’re trying to quietly advance Allison Jones Rushing. Vying for a lifetime appointment on the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals , Rushing has built her short career on promoting homophobic and transphobic prejudice, siding with dogmatic ideologues over the rights of everyday citizens.

Here is the Transgender Law Center's response to the leaked memo:

The draft memo the NYT reported on this weekend, a document written by officials at HHS, is transparently a hate-motivated response to these victories. It attempts to rewrite years of progress achieved by advocates under the Obama administration. Here, written out plain, is their attempt to erase our very existence as transgender people. This memo reveals that this administration intends nothing short of our destruction. 

That's not the whole thing, please click through. Keep an eye out for protests and rallies against this coming fuckery, and/or get ready to explode when they officially try to make those changes to Title IX. And don't fucking let it go. Let's be honest. We lost on the Muslim ban and family separation at the border, because we have a Muslim ban (not as bad as the original but still a ban) and family separations are still happening. Now they're going after their own citizens. They will keep escalating until we stop them.

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