“The Trump administration is considering narrowly defining gender as a biological, immutable condition determined by genitalia at birth, the most drastic move yet in a governmentwide effort to roll back recognition and protections of transgender people under federal civil rights law.
“A series of decisions by the Obama administration loosened the legal concept of sex in federal programs, including in education and health care, recognizing sex largely as an individual’s choice — and prompting fights over bathrooms, dormitories, single-sex programs and other arenas where gender was once seen as a simple concept.
“Conservatives, especially evangelical Christians, were incensed. Now the Department of Health and Human Services is spearheading an effort to establish a legal definition of sex under Title IX, the federal civil rights law that bans gender discrimination in education programs that receive government financial assistance, according to a memo obtained by The New York Times. … Any dispute about one’s sex would have to be clarified using genetic testing.”
That NYTimes headline really clearly tells us what is at stake with this issue, and this redefinition has Mike and Mother’s fingerprints all over it. Wingnuttia probably sees this as a crumb to throw to Y’all Qaeda, but the impact —which will be huge and tragic to transpeople—won’t be limited to transpeople.
Be smart: The move would most directly impact discrimination cases in terms of education, but would likely have a much wider effect on the civil rights and public acceptance of transgender people.
Opponents of transgender rights would likely use a redefined Title IX definition as an impetus to roll back all manner of civil rights.
So another theocrat, Special Ed. Secretary Betsy DeVos will get all moist over this, too. Rolling back Title IX has long been a special project of White Supremacists, this gives them a foot in the door.
UPDATE 1: Ten Bears reminds us that he has an excellent older post on Fascism that goes to the heart of this attack on our LGBTQ allies.