DSA Statement: Transgender People Will Not be Erased

DSA condemns the attack by the Trump administration on the rights of transgender and genderqueer people. A recent memo proposing to establish a legal definition of sex under Title IX presents another threat by this administration to repeal the rights of people in the LGBTQIA+ communities. The memo from the Department of Health and Human Services would force government agencies to comply with a definition of gender expressed on a “biological basis.”

The DHHS proposal would define sex as either male or female, determined by the genitals that a person is born with. In the case of questions about a person’s sex, genetic testing would be used to determine sex.

The proposal would cause great harm to transgender, intersex, and genderqueer people. It reflects that administration’s sexist and transphobic positions. The administration has also sought to prevent transgender people from serving in the military and has challenged civil rights protections included in the nation’s health care law. Federal agencies have withdrawn policies that recognized gender identity in schools, prisons and homeless shelters.

DSA recognizes that this is part of the administration’s attack on human rights, and encourages chapters to work with local organizations fighting against these proposals.

You can read our Statement on Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer and Intersex Rights here. To contact the DSA Queer Socialists Committee, please email queersocialists@dsausa.org.