An inflammatory-sounding N.Y. Times headline — “Trump Administration Eyes Defining Transgender Out of Existence” — caught my eye this morning. It startled me actually. I’m presuming that for members of the LGBTQ community it did a lot more than that.
Boiled down to basics the Trumpies running the Department of Health and Human Services are looking to bureaucratically erase transgender people in terms of whatever Obama-era recognitions, protections and entitlements that are currently in place.
The Trumpies are basically saying that if you’re born with a schtufenhaufer, that’s it — you’re a dude and don’t bother us with any ambiguities or second thoughts. Well, you can bother us but we won’t pay attention. You can gender-switch or undergo surgeries and use women’s bathrooms to your heart’s content, but don’t expect any regulatory protection from us. Same deal for persons born with female genitalia.
The Obama people had their comme ci comme ca approach and we have ours, which is more of a hardline brutalist thing…you know. Catering to the white Christian hinterland mentality and all that Trump voter jazz.
From the story by Erica L. Green, Katie Benner and Robert Pear: “A series of decisions by the Obama administration loosened the legal concept of sex in federal programs, including in education and health care, recognizing sex largely as an individual’s choice — and prompting fights over bathrooms, dormitories, single-sex programs and other arenas where gender was once seen as a simple concept.
“Conservatives, especially evangelical Christians, were incensed.”
According to a memo obtained by The New York Times, the Department of Health and Human Services is arguing “that key government agencies need to adopt an explicit and uniform definition of gender as determined ‘on a biological basis that is clear, grounded in science, objective and administrable.’
“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 a draft reviewed by The Times. Any dispute about one’s sex would have to be clarified using genetic testing.”
A 2016 survey determined that 0.6 percent of the U.S. populations identifies as transgender or gender nonconforming. Excerpt: “About 1.4 million adults in the United States identify as transgender, double a widely used previous estimate. As the national debate escalates over accommodations for transgender people, the new figure, though still just 0.6 percent of the adult population, is likely to raise questions about the sufficiency of services to support a population that may be larger than many policy makers assumed.”
A Wikipedia LGBT page states that “a 2017 Gallup poll concluded that 4.5% of adult Americans identified as LGBT with 5.1% of women identifying as LGBT, compared with 3.9% of men.”
A 2016 survey summarized in USA Today stated that “out of 81,000 Minnesota teens, nearly 2,200 identified as transgender or gender nonconforming” — rough 2.7%.