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The Trump Administration’s Latest Effort Aims To Deny Rights To Transgender People

In the Trump administration’s latest effort to reverse transgender rights, the office is reportedly putting for a legal effort to redefine gender. On Sunday a piece by The New York Times revealed that the White House is currently considering a move that would not only legally limit gender as a concept based on biological sex at birth but also deny certain rights to transgender people and those whose gender identity differs from their sex.

According to a leaked memo written by the Department of Health and Human Services, the White House has outlined an argument that calls for a uniform definition of gender.

The DHHS memo pushes to define gender as one and the same as a person’s biological sex at birth.

The agency argues in its memo that a person’s gender is the same as their sex, moreover that at birth, a person’s gender will be decided by their sex. In the memo, which was drafted last spring, the department contends that “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.”

This is an assertion the White House is making even despite the fact that various groups, namely the American Academy of Pediatrics recognize the differences between gender identity and sex based on decades of scientific research. Just last year, AAP released a statement in support of transgender children, adolescents and young adults that asserted it “supports policies that are gender-affirming for children – an approach that is supported by other key professional organizations… We urge all the leaders in our communities to use language that inspires and empowers children, adolescents, and young adults. Our nation’s future success depends on them.”

According to the New York Times, the new policy would change the way gender is defined by Title IX. The federal law, which was established in 1972, bans sexual discrimination and was loosened by the Obama administration with changes that worked to include rights for transgender people. The then-president added a line into the law that states “a person’s gender identity may be different from or the same as the person’s sex assigned at birth.”

The memo is another mark in the Trump administration’s ongoing anti-LGBTQ daytimer.

Trump established his office’s position on supporting the LGBTQ+ community on day one of his administration. A little less than two hours after he was sworn into office, the country saw his administration remove all mentions of LGBTQ issues from the official White House webpage.

His threats to the Latinx community directly have been primarily visible in his efforts to deport undocumented immigrants and refugees, a large group of which includes those who have fled their homes in search of protection because of the threats they faced as a result of their gender identities. In addition, the president has also made attempts to block the trans community from serving their country in the military, removed an Obama-era policy that gave bathroom rights to trans students, and in March 2017 retracted a proposal that would allow the 2020 census to collect information concerning gender and sexual identity.

Trump’s latest policy would impact the rights of the 1.4 million trans-American citizens.

In response to the draft, Chad Griffin, president of Human Rights Campaign president, emphasized that “Defining ‘sex’ in this narrow language tailored to the talking points of anti-equality extremists is part of a deliberate strategy to eliminate federal protections for LGBTQ people. This is a direct attack on the fundamental equality of LGBTQ people and, if this administration refuses to reverse course, Congress must immediately take action by advancing the Equality Act to ensure that LGBTQ people are explicitly protected by our nation’s civil rights laws.”

Lawmakers, politicians, and supporters of the LGBTQ+ community have responded to the potential law change on Twitter.

Hillary Clinton responded to the New York Times article by reminding followers that they could make a difference in the policy’s future by voting.

Many Twitter users expressed their genuine fear of what the policy could mean for their future and lives.

Chaz Bono, who has staunchly used his platforms advocating for the LGBTQ+ community in the years since coming out as trans, also took to Twitter to express how he felt about the policy.

Many also took to Twitter to underline how much of a threat the policy poses.

2018 saw the worst rate of deadly assaults against transgender Americans in the Human Rights Campaign’s recorded history. Over the past three years, transgender deaths by fatal violence have vastly increased. In 2015 there 22 transgender people were murdered. By September of this year, 21 murdered had already been reported. Of that number, 19 transgender people of color were killed.

There’s no telling if the administration’s latest effort will actually pull through for them. Here’s hoping November 6. and future votes can make a difference.


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A Transgender Latina Who Was Deported From The US Was Murdered In El Salvador

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A Transgender Latina Who Was Deported From The US Was Murdered In El Salvador

A transgender woman who was deported from the US after seeking refuge from anti-LGBTQ violence in her homeland was murdered following her return to El Salvador, the Washington Blade reports.

When the woman, who was known as Camila, went missing, the Asociación Aspidh Arcoiris Trans, a trans advocacy group in the Central American country, started a search and discovered that she had been admitted to a hospital in San Salvador, the nation’s capital, on Jan. 31. She passed away on Feb. 3.

Authorities are still unsure what happened during the attack, but she was found outside the capital and transported to Rosales National Hospital with “multiple injuries.”

Camila entered the US on one of the migrant caravans last year after receiving threats because of her gender identity. According to Salvadoran activists, US officials did not believe her life was in danger and deported her back to her home country four-to-five months before her death.

“She migrated to the US because of threats that she had received, but she was deported because they didn’t believe her,” Aislinn Odaly, an independent LGBTI rights advocate, told the publication.

Camila is the second trans woman who was murdered in El Salvador this month. On Feb. 8, a woman named Lolita was killed with a machete in Sonsonate, but there are little more details surrounding her death.

According to the Washington Blade, neither El Salvador’s National Civil Police nor the country’s attorney general has classified the murders as hate crimes, particularly because Lolita and Camila died in public hospitals where reports didn’t identify them as victims of violence.

“We want justice and that these cases are investigated and the reformed penal code procedures to be applied when those who are responsible are found,” Alfaro told the Blade, alluding to a 2015 amendment to El Salvador’s legal code that enhances penalties for hate crimes based on sexual orientation and gender identity.

“Although we have begun the year badly, we hope these crimes establish precedents for there to also be a positive legal framework that regulates the situation of trans people, especially the situation of violence and insecurity,” she continued.

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14 Latinx Social Justice Statement T-Shirts To Wear At The Dinner Table This Holiday Season

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14 Latinx Social Justice Statement T-Shirts To Wear At The Dinner Table This Holiday Season

It’s that time of year again. The holiday season is in full swing, we’ve traded our iced coffees for mint mochas, and most of us are getting ready for those shopping deals. As exciting as the holiday hustle and bustle leadup can be for some of us, preparing ourselves to go back home for the holidays can be emotionally and mentally taxing.  Particularly when it comes to gearing up to be around relatives and family friends who might not totally see eye to eye on politics and social justice issues. As important as it is to ensure healthy and productive conversations about these topics around this time of the season, sometimes its easier to make a clear statement without getting completely confrontational.

To do so, we’ve rounded up the best (and loudest) statement Ts for you wear to your family dinner this holiday season.

From being straight up and clear about your feelings about current politics to being out and proud about your sexuality, here’s a list of the perfect shirts just for you.

1. There Is No Right Way by DreamHeauxApparel

For anyone in your family–or beyond–who has something to say about the “right way” to chase the “American Dream.”

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2. Chicas Malcriadas T-Shirt by Hola Dear Deer

‘Cause you’re a grown ass woman now (sometimes, adulting can be hard, right?!) and you’re lowkey still a malcriada.

Buy here.

3. This Brown Girl Stands T-Shirt by BrownBadassBonita

You know, just to give your family a lil’ food for thought at the dinner table.

Buy here.

4. Phenomenally Latina T-Shirt by Phenomenal Woman Action Campaign  

Sometimes you just gotta’ let them know.

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5. Pansita Power T-Shirt by Vida and Wild

Less of a political statement, but hey, you might need this one after the feast you’re about to have at your abuelitas house.

Buy here.

6. Deport Racists T-Shirt by GreenBoxShop

Just in case you gotta’ be around an ignorant audience this holiday season.

Buy here.

7. Queer Latino Pride T-Shirt by Barrio Shop

Be loud and proud about who you are, you matter.

Buy here.

8. Chingona Scholar T-Shirt by Academic Soul

If you’re currently sleighing it in college or grad school and going back home for the holidays, let your family know that you’re chingona and scholarly AF.

Buy here.

9. Mental Illnesses Are Not Adjectives T-Shirt by GreenBoxShop

We know some Latinx families can be close-minded and reluctant to talk about mental illness, so let them know that mental illnesses are not adjectives.

Buy here.

10. Soy Fuerte, Soy Mujer T-Shirt by L.A. Chica

Just in case anyone tries you during dinner, repeat after us, “Soy fuerte. Soy mujer.”

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11. Mujer Exitosa T-Shirt by Jen Zeano Designs

Let them know the GLOW UP is real.

Buy here.

12. Mom Didn’t Raise No Mensa T-Shirt by Barrio Shop

For those that might be testing you this holiday season––just let them KNOW.

Buy here.

13. La Muerte T-Shirt by Valfre

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‘Cause sometimes you just gotta’ let your family that you’re goth, all year long. Even during Thanksgiving and Christmas.

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14. Power To The Workers T-Shirt by DreamHeauxApparel

RESPECT ALL FORMS OF LABOR. You can say that again––especially during the holiday season, shoutout to all the people who work in retail and work long hours to get by.

Buy here.

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