Trump’s Transgender Ban

Sophia Raya and Brianna Brow

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As 2018 comes to a close, more laws are being pushed by the Trump administration than in previous months. One such law is a reversal of Title IX, which deals with sex discrimination laws. President Trump wants to rewrite this law in order to have gender be determined through the sex that a person was assigned at birth. This has caused anger and fear within the LGBT community.

Title IX states, “No person in the United States shall, on the basis of sex, be excluded from participation in, be denied the benefits of, or be subjected to discrimination under any education program or activity receiving Federal financial assistance.” Under the Trump administration’s proposal, the legal definition of gender would change to a person’s biological sex despite what some civil rights groups want, according to CNN.

“I don’t see a point on the ban. There may be a low percentage of trans people in the US, but they’ll still be affected by it [the ban],” freshman Ethanie Godinez says. “The trans community should have the freedom to be who they are. It’s a shame that there are people who are supporting it. I believe it’s because most people aren’t educated on transgender rights or religious beliefs.”

With a revised version of Title IX, the law could exclude trans people from protections regarding education, labor, and healthcare. According to the New York Times, some say that this would mean that Trump could deny the presence of trans people.

“It would make it where I couldn’t get my gender changed to male, and it would make it where in most people’s eyes I’m a girl,” sophomore Kai Ussery said.

With the Trump administration attempting to change Title IX, this could imply that a business could legally not hire someone because of the amount of masculinity or femininity they portray.

“I’d be sad because I wouldn’t be seen as male in most people’s eyes. I probably wouldn’t be able to get over that,” Ussery said in regard to the ban being put in place.

Everyone has a different opinion regarding the reversal of Title IX. Some people feel as if the law would do good for society if it’s enforced. Others feel as if this ban is unjust and puts thousands of people at risk for not being recognized by the government. Overall, Title IX’s impact is still unclear and may be for a long time.

 

For more information click the links below:

https://www.nytimes.com/2018/10/21/us/politics/transgender-trump-administration-sex-definition.html

https://www.cnn.com/2018/10/24/politics/transgender-protections-hhs-memo-defining-sex/index.html