The Trump administration puts transphobic pseudoscience into law

They call it science but it's nothing of the sort

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The Trump administration has removed healthcare discrimination protections from trans, intersex, and non-binary people. They did this by rewriting what defines sex under an Obama-era rule on how Title IX protections were interpreted, as they applied to the Affordable Care Act. The Obama interpretation allowed for "neither [male nor female]" or "a combination of male and female" as protected classes. The key sentence in the new rule:

"HHS [Health and Human Services] will enforce Section 1557 by returning to the government’s  interpretation of sex discrimination according to the plain meaning of  the word “sex” as male or female and as determined by biology." 

This is bullshit. Biology has time, and time, and time again shown that sex is not one of two options, but an entire three-dimensional spectrum. 

This new rule simply allows, among other things, health providers to deny trans people healthcare, no matter how vital. If a trans man with, say, uterine cancer sought treatment, he could be denied for no reason.

What sex is is very clear-cut. It's like arguing about the color of the sky. The arguing is also pointless: a trans person does not need to justify who they are, with science or without it. The Trump administration is using "biology" as a costume to beautify its hate. Any future administrations must put LGBTQIA+ protections into written law and not have those protections sit out at the sneering whims of bigots.

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