We voted today. I only vote for Democrats. But there was one exception where there wasn’t a Democrat running so I voted for a Libertarian just so the Republi-Nazi would have a vote against him.
Rights groups in midterms drive after officials reportedly planning to define gender as only male or female and determined at birth
LGBT and civil rights activists urged Americans to vote in the midterm elections “like lives depend on it” on Monday, after it was reported that the Trump administration is planning to define transgender people out of existence, by officially defining gender as only male or female and determined at birth.
According to the New York Times, the move would reverse Obama-era policies that officially recognized transgender individuals.
“Everyone needs to vote on 6 November like lives depend on it – because they do,” said Diego Sanchez of PFLAG National, a group that supports LGBT rights, at a press conference in Washington.
Asked about the proposal on Monday, Donald Trump said his administration is “looking at it”.
“We have a lot of different concepts right now,” he told reporters outside of the White House as he departed for Texas. “They have a lot of different things happening with respect to transgender right now. You know that as well as I do and we’re looking at it very seriously.”
Conservatives, especially evangelical Christians, were outraged by the Obama administration’s decision to loosen the definition of gender identity and have lobbied the administration to return to a more rigid definition of sex.
Hillary Clinton tweeted her support, writing: “This is an attack on the humanity of transgender people and it cannot stand. Let’s send a clear message that we won’t sit back and allow this type of discrimination in two weeks at the ballot box.”
The press conference in Washington featured trans activists and civil rights organizers and was hosted by the Human Rights Campaign. A countdown clock on the building reminded passersby there were less than 15 days to go until election day.
Activists held signs that said “#WeWillNotBeErased” – a hashtag that spread on social media after the publication of the Times report – and marched to the White House to rally against the proposal.
According to a memo obtained by the Times, the proposal by the Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) would define gender as male or female, as determined by the genitals a person was born with. It would specify that sex is “immutable”, thereby effectively removing any legal recognition for transgender individuals.