The news report published by the New York Times on Sunday said a memo the newspaper had seen from the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) proposed establishing a legal and fixed definition of sex under Title IX - a federal civil rights law that outlaws gender discrimination. The administration even tried to remove questions about gender identity from a 2020 census survey and a national survey of elderly citizens.
"At every step where the administration has had the choice, they have opted to turn their back on transgender people". It did release a statement from Roger Severino, the head of its Office for Civil Rights, saying his agency was reviewing the issue while abiding by the 2016 ruling from the Texas-based federal judge, Reed O'Connor.
A coalition of LGBTQ and civil rights organizations are holding a press conference now at the Human Rights Campaign headquarters.
"Transgender people are frightened", said Sarah Warbelow, legal director of the Human Rights Campaign, which presses for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.More news: 'Wonder Woman' sequel shelved until summer 2020
Relaxations of rules on gender identity to allow people to choose whether they define themselves as male or female have caused arguments over the use of toilets and dormitories, as well as whether public funding should be spent on upholding transgender rights.
All disputes regarding sex would be based exclusively on genetic testing.
Civil rights groups have been meeting with federal officials in recent weeks to argue against the proposed definition, which has divided career and political appointees across the administration. The proposal could formally be presented to the Justice Department by the end of the year, sources told the Times.
The rule is coming out via the Department of Health and Human Services under Alex Azar.
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Title IX is the federal law passed as part of the Education Amendments of 1972 that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex "under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance".
"If they actually begin to implement, the impact on transgender people would be devastating in terms of our ability to just live our lives-to work, to go to school, to get healthcare", explained Kris Hayashi, the Executive Director of the Transgender Law Center.
But the paper points outs that other court decisions have gone in favor of the Obama administration's position.
"The fact of the matter is that while academics and activists have been running around willy nilly changing the definition of sex and inventing 72 (at least) new pronouns, none of this has been rooted in any kind of confirmable science", The Federalist's David Marcus wrote.More news: China set to open world’s longest sea bridge to Hong Kong & Macau