by Madeline Fitzgerald '21
The Trump Administration is planning to redefine sex and gender. According to the Health and Human Services Draft Proposal on the creation of a new legal definition of sex, “…sex means a person’s status as male or female based on immutable biological traits identifiable by or before birth” (CNN). Transgender people do not identify with the sex with which they were assigned at birth. They can identify as male, female, gender non-binary or many other identities. Trump wishes to make the United States a country of cisgender people (a cisgender person is someone who identifies as the sex they were given at birth). By defining sex and gender as only cisgender, Trump is ignoring a major part of the United States population who do not identify as the sex they were assigned at birth. The Trump Administration’s definition of sex would not erase transgender people and all people who do not identify as cisgender; instead, it would exclude them from human rights and eliminate them in the eyes of the government.
Gender and sex should not be defined by the government as they are personal to everyone’s identity. The current government views gender as a binary concept when, in reality, gender is nonbinary and is a spectrum encompassing many identities. Our government is supposed to serve the people, but how can they do that if they wish to erase an entire part of the population? All gender identities are valid and should be accepted and acknowledged by our government. We are all human, and as residents of this country, we deserve the same basic human rights with no discrimination based on our gender identity.
Whether or not this country’s current administration chooses to open their eyes to the reality of gender as a spectrum, all identities will always exist and should always be welcomed, accepted and never erased.