Transgender Health in the Age of Trump: An Attempted Erasure of Trans Americans
When President Trump entered office, his administration immediately began rescinding new federal protections for transgender students in public schools. President Trump later announced, via Twitter, a ban on transgender individuals from serving "in any capacity" in the United States Armed Forces. In Trump’s second year, the administration continued to introduce anti-trans policies. They created a new Health and Human Services (HHS) Conscience and Religious Freedom Division, which is expected to offer greater protections for health care workers who do not wish to treat transgender patients. The year ended with a leaked memo, which considered narrowly defining gender as a biological, immutable condition determined by genitalia at birth, the most drastic move yet in a government-wide effort to roll back recognition and protections of transgender people under federal civil rights law. Yet trans Americans and their allies have fought back, defining their resiliency and ability to personally succeed at historic levels. We will highlight and discuss trans policy under the Trump administration.
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