Scientists also blocked Trump’s transphobic memo


More than 1,600 scientists have signed an open letter calling on the Trump administration to withdraw its proposal to redefine the legal definition of sex (and gender as a consequence) which would mean that transgender people might not be legally recognized by their true gender and chosen name. The signatories of the November 1 letter, who include nine Nobel Prize winners, said that the leaked Department of Health and Human Services memo, revealed by The New York Times on October 21, was unscientific, unethical, inhuman and disrespectful. The proposal suggested defining a person’s sex as unchangeably male or female from birth, barring official recognition of trans people. Trump later confirmed that he and his officials have plans to introduce such a measure. In their message, which is titled “Transgender, intersex, and gender non-conforming people #WontBeErased by pseudoscience,” the 1,642 scientists—which count more than 700 biologists and more than 100 geneticists in their number – criticized the memo and noted, that there is no scientific excuse for the memo


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