On October 21, President Donald Trump’s administration revealed it is considering a policy to redefine the definition of gender.
The policy, published by the New York Times, would define sex as “a person’s status as male or female based on immutable biological traits identifiable by or before birth”. And, perhaps most shockingly, stated that a person’s birth certificate “shall constitute definitive proof of a person’s sex unless rebutted by reliable genetic evidence.”
The policy would set America back by years in terms of civil rights and protections for the 1.4M people in the transgender community.
Naturally then, the community is using their voice to speak out against the proposed policy. Helping them do so is Billboard, which asked select trans and gender non-conforming musicians to take part in a live-streamed panel to discuss the move.
Gavin Rayna Russom said she felt the New York Times article and headline was “super problematic”.
The headline was: ‘Transgender’ Could Be Defined Out of Existence Under Trump Administration.
“I think the headline was so intentionally inflammatory, and even listed trans people as like 1.4 million Americans who ‘opt’ to live as a gender other than the one they were assigned at birth.