Cruel Attack on Transgender Community


October 22, 2018

Contact: Megan Peterson,

Gender Justice Calls Administration Memo “A Cruel Attack” on Transgender Community

Gender Justice Executive Director Megan Peterson issued the following statement in response to the recent announcement that the White House is exploring options that would effectively erase transgender people from civil rights law and other nondiscrimination protections.

“This effort by the White House is a cruel attack on a community that is already targeted and marginalized. It is truly offensive that our government, elected to represent all of us, should be exploring new avenues to make life harder for some of us.

“It is also a transparently political effort to get ahead of a growing foundation of case law, such as Tovar v. Essentia and Rumble v. Fairview Health, in which federal courts sided with Gender Justice attorneys who argued that law banning discrimination based on sex are rightly interpreted as protecting transgender and gender non-conforming people.

“Not only will these proposed changes will harm millions of transgender people, but its effects could expand to countless more. Writing rigid definitions of ‘sex’ into law and narrowing civil rights protections would make it easier to discriminate against anyone who is perceived as not conforming to strict gender stereotypes. It also represents a ridiculous departure from scientific reality -- sex is not so simplistically defined.

“In the coming weeks and months, Gender Justice will be redoubling our efforts to fight back against these mean-spirited attacks. The public will have an opportunity to comment on these proposed changes, and it is critically important that everyone who cares about basic human rights makes their voices heard.”