An alarming story in today's New York Times revealed how the Trump administration plans on narrowly defining gender, in effect putting to an end changes to gender politics that the Obama administration initiated.
"Now the Department of Health and Human Services is spearheading an effort to establish a legal definition of sex under Title IX, the federal civil rights law that bans gender discrimination in education programs that receive government financial assistance, according to a memo obtained by The New York Times," reads the story.
In the memo key government agencies needed to adopt a specific and uniform definition of gender that is determined "on a biological basis that is clear, grounded in science, objective and administrable."
"The agency's proposed definition would define sex as either male or female, unchangeable, and determined by the genitals that a person is born with, according to a draft reviewed by The Times. Any dispute about one's sex would have to be clarified using genetic testing," the Times story reports.
The memo, which has been circulating since last spring, states that a person's status (either male or female) is "based on immutable biological traits identifiable by or before birth... The sex listed on a person's birth certificate, as originally issued, shall constitute definitive proof of a person's sex unless rebutted by reliable genetic evidence."
The Times concludes that this "new definition would essentially eradicate federal recognition of the estimated 1.4 million Americans who have opted to recognize themselves — surgically or otherwise — as a gender other than the one they were born into."
The move is clearly being done to undermine gender protections put forth by the Obama administration. "The Trump administration has sought to bar transgender people from serving in the military and has legally challenged civil rights protections for the group embedded in the nation's health care law."