Transgender persons deserve more than Trump’s new definition proposal


Kernel Opinion SIG

The Trump administration is considering setting a harsh new definition of gender, which seems to be aimed at transgender persons, a little over a year and nine months into Donald Trump’s presidency.

According to The New York Times, the new definition of gender will be defined as a fixed status determined biologically by the genitalia a person is born with. A person’s gender would only be male or female and could not be changed.

This isn’t the first time the Trump administration aimed its sight at the rights of transgender persons. In March of this year, Trump announced in a memo his intentions for a transgender ban from the military except for “limited circumstances.” The memo, released by the White House, stated, “transgender persons with a history of gender dysphoria individuals who the policies state may require substantial medical treatment, including medications and surgery are disqualified from military service except under certain limited circumstances.”

Two judges blocked this ban, and it remains unenforceable yet, after this failed attempt to discredit current and future transgender service members, Trump continues his attack on transgender persons by moving to redefine gender.

Two months after Trump’s proposed military ban, Ontario announced it will allow a third, and fourth, option on birth certificates: gender ‘X,’ or no gender at all.

The Canadian province chose to allow its citizens a nonbinary gender option instead of just “male” or “female,” or to remove their gender altogether. Progress is being made in other countries, while the U.S. continues to take steps back.

According to USA Today, about 1.4 million adults in the U.S. identify as transgender. This new definition of gender would erase federal recognition of those who don’t identify as the gender they were born into.

Not only would this new definition be upsetting among transgender persons, the change would be seen publicly, too barring transgender persons from using the bathroom or locker room of their choice, for example.

This attempted change is nothing new from the Trump administration, which has a record of transgender hostility in the past just from this year, and probably won’t be the last attempt, even if passed and enforced.

Transgender persons don’t deserve this treatment; they’re mothers, fathers, sisters, brothers humans just as we are, and they deserve the same rights as everyone else. Instead of continuing to take steps back, the Trump administration must understand that, to prosper as a country, we must be inclusive of everyone.

The U.S. is supposed to be the land of dreams, where one has the chance to prosper and have equal chance of happiness, success and prosperity. We owe that to every U.S. citizen, not just ones who identify as the gender they were born into.