Celebs Hit Out At Trump Admin’s Bid To Erase Recognition Of Trans People
Celebrities have accused the Trump administration of “trying to make transgender people disappear” in response to the news that the US Department of Health wants to narrow the definition of gender.
According to the New York Times, the Trump administration is attempting to define gender as being “on a biological basis that is clear, grounded in science, objective and administrable.”
This would reportedly mean that someone's gender would be officially defined as either male or female at birth -- determined by their genitals and not their gender identity.
The move would be a rollback of an Obama-era civil rights law that protects trans people from gender-based discrimination.
Celebrities including Cher, Chaz Bono, Susan Sarandon and Laura Jean Grace have tweeted in response to the proposed move.
"This is his code 4...make them disappear," Cher wrote of the policy on Twitter.
Cher's son Chaz Bono -- who identifies as trans -- said that the president was "terrified of diversity".
"I can’t begin to express the rage I feel toward an administration that is trying to redefine me out of existence," Bono wrote on Twitter.
Laura Jean Grace -- the founder and singer of punk band Against Me! – came out publicly as transgender in 2012.
"I feel sick to my stomach and depressed, scared, angry, exhausted, " she wrote on social media.
Transgender activists including Munroe Bergdorf, Laverne Cox (Orange Is The New Black) and Trace Lysette (Transparent) have strongly condemned the proposed move.
President Trump has not yet commented on the proposed changes.
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