Trans activists condemned Trump’s attempts to redefine sex

WASHINGTON, DC - JANUARY 24: President Donald Trump looks on after signing one of five executive orders related to the oil pipeline industry in the Oval Office of the White House January 24, 2017 in Washington, DC. Also pictured are White House Chief of Staff Reince Priebus (L), White House Communications Director Hope Hicks (3rd R) and Senior Advisor Jared Kushner (R). (Photo by Shawn Thew-Pool/Getty Images)

As we reported earlier today, there is a new Department of Health and Human Services proposal according to which sex is defined as a biological feature which cannot be changed. And such a definition means more difficulties for the legal recognition of the transgender people because they will be unable to change the sex markers in their birth certificates since the proposal is enacted. In a powerful Twitter thread, Orange is the New Black star and trans activist Laverne Cox urged her followers to rise up and fight as nobody is able to erase her and her community – trans people have always been a part of this world and they will always be, no matter whether the POTUS wants to admit it or not. Actress and producer Trace Lysette, who stars on Transparent, wrote: “Scary… I really don’t know what else to say except that we need your allyship now more than ever.” Kirsten Gillibrand, a US Senator and potential Democratic presidential candidate, wrote: “The Trump administration once again displays their boundless cruelty by proposing yet another terrible, discriminatory policy. I want all transgender Americans to know that we will not let anyone erase you. We see you, and we will fight this.”


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