NLC denounces the recent Trump Administration actions to erase transgender and intersex people from federal civil rights law.
New Leaders Council (NLC) denounces the recent Trump Administration actions to erase transgender and intersex people from federal civil rights law. To the trans and intersex identified members of the NLC community: You are loved. You are not alone. You can never be erased. NLC and the NLC Pride Caucus will continue to support your rights to safety, equity, and justice. We are committed now more than ever to our mission—catalyzing the next generation of progressive leaders, including trans and intersex leaders, to create change and build more inclusive and equitable communities.
A memo recently leaked by the Department of Health and Human Services under the Trump Administration revealed another attack on the rights and the humanity of an estimated 1.4 million transgender Americans, with plans to define ‘sex’ exclusively as male or female at birth and unchangeable thereafter, thus establishing a uniform federal policy that does not recognize transgender or intersex people.
Many Americans are frightened and confused by the proposed changes. President Trump has targeted and persecuted transgender people from the beginning of his administration—from the undoing of the Obama Administration’s Title IX protections for trans students, to repeated efforts to ban trans people from military service, to the endorsement of discrimination on the basis of religious prejudice and so on. The Trump administration has ignored legal precedent, scientific fact, and the advice of medical providers to carry out an extreme agenda to exclude transgender and intersex people from public life.
There is nothing progressive about the erasure of identity, and the humanity of transgender people should never be up for debate. There is no question about transgender and intersex people’s existence: Extensive medical research, case studies, and narratives of lived experience by trans and intersex people confirm that gender is a rich and complex phenomenon. Additionally, numerous federal courts have ruled in favor of protecting the rights of trans and intersex people. Implementation of this heartless and scientifically unsound policy would deny transgender and intersex people the right to life, by further complicating access to education, employment, healthcare, housing, etc. As it stands, trans people must often overcome mental, physical, and social as well as significant legal and financial burdens to live their truth.
In the U.S., transgender people already face more than double the poverty rate of the general public. Nearly one-third will be homeless at some point in life. And the combination of anti-trans bias and persistent structural racism can be especially devastating. Trans women of color are most likely to experience the violent implications of this callous political move. When the country’s leadership strips away transgender and intersex rights, bigots are encouraged to come to light and an increase in violence becomes more likely and more permissible.
Congress must pass the Equality Act (H.R.2282) which would provide basic legal protections for all LGBTQIA+ Americans. Many states have few or no statewide laws preventing discrimination against LGBTQIA+ people. No one should ever lose a job, housing, or be denied services because of who they are or whom they love.
Resources for Transgender and Intersex People
- 7am-1am PST / 9am-3am CST / 10am-4am ES
- By and for trans people, dedicated to responding to the critical needs of the community
- 800-273-TALK (8255); 888-628-9454 (en español)
- Staffed by trained individuals for those in suicidal crisis or emotional distress
- Text 741741 from anywhere in the U.S.
- Support for people in crisis by trained Crisis Counselors
The Trump Memo & What it Means
- SRLP provides legal services and advocates to protect the self-determination of gender identity and expression
- The Trump Memo - What You Need to Know:
- All of your current rights to healthcare still exist. You have the right to access your necessary health care. If your healthcare provider questions this – come to SRLP and we can help! Call first please to make an appointment: 212-337-8550 x308
- Remember that this is only a memo about the Federal Health and Human Services – it does not impact your right to change your name, be treated with respect, have the right name and pronoun used for you, to update your birth certificate, state ID, social security or benefits card, and more. All of these still exist. Use them.
- If people in positions of power – the clerk at the DMV, a police officer, your Benefits worker, your health care provider – tell you they think your case or rights will be affected because of this memo, calmly and firmly tell them “NO, that’s not true.” It isn’t a law and they have no authority to act against current laws. Come to SRLP and we can help! Call first please to make an appointment: 212-337-8550 x308
- If you have questions or concerns about how your rights will be affected if you travel, or if you have concerns about accessing healthcare in another state, please call to make an appointment: 212-337-8550 x308
- This impacts gender non-conforming and intersex people as well, and it is a part of this administration’s attack on people of color, all women, and immigrants. Help people make these intersections and connections in our larger work for racial, gender, and economic justice.
- NCTE advocates for transgender equality and policy change
Educational Resources for Cisgender (non-transgender) Allies:
- NCTE advocates for transgender equality and policy change
- About Transgender People
- Landing page with introductory information on transgender people, including:
- Understanding Non-Binary People: How to Be Respectful and Supportive
- Transgender FAQ
- 2015 U.S Transgender Survey Report
- interACT advocates for and raises awareness about human rights of children born with intersex traits
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