"Transgender people are frightened", said Sarah Warbelow, legal director of the Human Rights Campaign, which presses for the rights of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people.
"We urge the administration to ensure all public health policy is firmly rooted in science, and to keep discrimination and political interference out of our nation's health", said Dr Lisa Hollier, president of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists. Title IX is a federal civil rights law that bans discrimination based on a person's gender. The agencies would consider the comments before issuing final rules with the force of law - both of which could include the new gender definition. Disputes over one's sex would be resolved by genetic testing, the Times reports. A person's sex at birth would be noted as their sex on their birth certificate, unless clear and compelling genetic evidence is present.
"Setting a destructive precedent, the Trump-Pence administration intends to erase LGBTQ people from federal civil rights protections and eviscerate enforcement of non-discrimination laws", the group's president, Chad Griffin, said in a statement.
Shannon Minter, a transgender attorney with the National Center for Lesbian Rights, called the reported plan a "cynical political ploy to sow discord and energize a right-wing base" before the November 6 election.
The move would roll back protections at all levels of the Federal government for transgender people.
By Sunday evening, a rally for transgender rights took place in NY; another took place Monday in Washington.
The Times obtained a memo from the Department of Health and Human Services that proposed recognizing gender as unchangeable and determined by the genitalia one is born with.
That definition of sex discrimination would impact federal initiatives down the road.
A memo circulated by the Department of Health and Human... In the meantime, however, it threatens to do serious harm to transgender people who face discrimination that threatens their access to employment, housing, education, and healthcare. "This administration is willing to disregard the established medical and legal view of our rights and ourselves to solidify an archaic, dogmatic and frightening view of the world".
"We've always known this administration intends nothing short of the destruction of our communities".
Psychiatrists no longer consider being transgender a disorder and several USA courts have found the Obama interpretation of protecting transgender people against discrimination as sound.
"If the New York Times story is accurate, the sheer breadth of what HHS is proposing is jaw-dropping".
Severino previously called the Obama administration's moves part of a "radical gender ideology".
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