STATEMENT: UltraViolet Reacts to Trump Administration Plans to Roll Back Recognition and Protections of Transgender People

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Monday, October 22nd, 2018

CONTACT: Yasmina Dardari | yasmina@unbendablemedia.com | (407) 922-8149

STATEMENT: UltraViolet Reacts to Trump Administration Plans to Roll Back Recognition and Protections of Transgender People

Yesterday, the New York Times reported on a memo from the Department of Health and Human Services with plans to establish a legal definition of sex under Title IX, in a Trump administration effort to roll back recognition and protections of transgender people under federal civil rights law. In response, Shaunna Thomas, Executive Director and Co-founder of UltraViolet, a leading national women’s group, issued the following statement:

“Trump’s latest attack on trans people is an unacceptable assault on human freedom. Our vision for gender equality will never be realized until we center the dignity and freedom of trans and non-binary people. Trans women are women, and sexist violence targets trans and gender non-conforming people the most. Erasing their identity makes these communities and their urgent need for safety even more invisible.

“It is especially sinister that the Trump Administration would use Title IX to limit the rights of trans individuals. Title IX was created to protect people from sexist discrimination, not narrow civil rights law to make it easier to fire or discriminate against trans people.

“We will not allow trans and non-binary people to be erased. Not now, not ever.”

 

For more information, or for interview with an UltraViolet spokesperson, please contact Yasmina Dardari at (407) 922-8149 or by email atyasmina@unbendablemedia.com.

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UltraViolet is a community of more than one million people that drives feminist cultural and political change. Through people power and strategic advocacy, we work to improve the lives of women and girls of all identities and backgrounds, and all people impacted by sexism, by dismantling discrimination and creating a cost for sexism. Find out more at WeAreUltraViolet.org.