Caitlyn Jenner slams Donald Trump over possible new policy hindering recognition of transgender people
The New York Times, on Sunday, in a memo obtained by the outlet had revealed that the Department of Health and Human Services were seeking to formulate a uniform definitive of sex under Title IX.
Television personality Caitlyn Jenner on Monday spoke out against President Donald Trump's proposed change in policy, which could eliminate the legal recognition of transgender people. Reports state that the Trump administration is looking to define sex based on the genitalia a person has at birth.
Jenner — who is a Republican — expressed outrage at the revelation, which has sparked protests across the country, and said that the Republican president's administration has attacked her community again.
"The Trump administration has ferociously attacked my community again. Just as an FYI Mr. President— the military is the single largest employer of trans people in the world. This leaked memo is an unacceptable attack on my community," the 68-year-old said while talking to PEOPLE. “We will not be erased!”
The New York Times, on Sunday, citing a memo obtained by it revealed that the Department of Health and Human Services was seeking to formulate a uniform definitive of sex under Title IX. Title IX is a federal civil rights law, which bans discrimination based on a person's sex in federally funded education programs.
The department, in the memo, reportedly argued for a new legal definition of sex which is "determined by genitalia at birth" and as something which cannot be changed later.
"The agency’s proposed definition would define sex as either male or female, unchangeable, and determined by the genitals that a person is born with, according to the memo reviewed by The Times. Any dispute about one’s sex would have to be clarified using genetic testing," the news outlet reported.
"Sex means a person’s status as male or female based on immutable biological traits identifiable by or before birth. 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 memo stated, according to The Times.
If the department's proposed definition comes into effect, it would mean that those people who identify as a particular gender — not aligned with their genitals at birth — would not be recognized as the gender they choose to live with. Reports state they would also not be extended the same protection against discrimination, under Title IX.