"Setting a destructive precedent, the Trump-Pence administration intends to erase LGBTQ people from federal civil rights protections and eviscerate enforcement of non-discrimination laws", said HRC President Chad Griffin. The first step to being a good ally is educating yourself on the basics - knowing someone's preferred pronouns, avoiding stereotypes and learning what policies in government directly affect the trans and gender nonconforming communities.
Instead, it would define gender exclusively on the genitalia people are born with.
Maj. David Eastburn, a Pentagon spokesman, said the announcement of a new policy would have no immediate practical effect on the military because the Pentagon has been obliged to continue to recruit and retain transgender people in accordance with current law. Across Twitter, transgender people and their allies began posting photos of themselves and their stories with the hashtag #WontBeErased. This piece in Them does an excellent job of explaining the problem with media organizations not hiring trans reporters to cover trans issues.
According to The New York Times, the leaked proposal - that was released by the Department of Health and Human Services - begins: "Sex means a person's status as male or female based on immutable biological traits identifiable by or before birth".More news: President Trump says he's reducing Central American aid over migrant caravan
Transgender people have the right to not only exist, but to fully participate in public life.
"For years, courts across the country have recognized that discriminating against someone because they are transgender is a form of sex discrimination, full stop, " said Diana Flynn, Lambda Legal's litigation director.
Perhaps most worryingly, the report also goes on to claim that the department urges the administration to determine a more rigorous and uniform definition of gender "grounded in science" and that a person's sex, once identified, be unchangeable.
A spokeswoman for the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) declined to comment on what she called "allegedly leaked documents" but cited a ruling by a conservative USA district judge as a guide to transgender policy.More news: Ariana Grande hide her "Pete" tattoo with band-aid
The draft memo, which has been circulating since spring, also takes aim at birth certificates, saying, "The sex listed on a person's birth certificate, as originally issued, shall constitute definitive proof of a person's sex unless rebutted by reliable genetic evidence".
The report has generated an angry response from some people in and outside of the U.S., including swathes of the LGBTQ community.
"Defining "sex" in this narrow language tailored to the talking points of anti-equality extremists is part of a deliberate strategy to eliminate federal protections for LGBTQ people", read a statement from The Human Rights Campaign, a prominent LGBT rights group.
The outcry on social media was swift.More news: Panthers' Eric Reid blasts Eagles' Malcolm Jenkins over anthem protests
Susan Sarandon, the Oscar-winning actress, tweeted: "Trans rights are human rights".