As another setback in the United States, the Trump administration has struck again against civil rights. Yet, transphobia is what must be banned because transgender rights just #WontBeErased.
Written by Valeria Torres
Imagine living your entire life feeling uncomfortable and misrepresented. Imagine living a life where you feel foreign to your own body. Image finally being able to accept yourself, but when you live your authentic life, you face discrimination, you are scared to walk down the street, and on top of this the government wants to invalidate your existence. Transgender people do not need to imagine. For them, this scenario is a reality.
The Donald Trump administration has created yet another setback for the transgender community, limiting the gender spectrum to the biological genitalia a person is born with. The need to invalidate a person’s existence because of their gender identity is not foreign to the Trump administration. In March 2018, Trump declared he wanted to ban transgender people from being in the military, solely based on their identity and signed a memorandum against transgender troops. Legal action against this memorandum is still ongoing. Now, according to a The New York Times report, the government wants to restrict the definition of gender as either female or male, just determined by the genitalia. If this happens, trans people rights would be undermined, as there won't be laws to ensure they are protected.
However, there is a clear difference between sex and gender. The decision to eradicate terms such as "transgender" and "gender fluidity" would contradict studies from both the American Psychiatric Association and the American Medical Association. Sex is the genitalia a person is born with, while gender is a spectrum that is fluid, alike sexuality.
The transgender community has fought for decades in order to be properly represented, not only in media but in everyday life. Even though there have been incredible improvements when it comes to transgender rights, there is still a long way to go in matters of human and civil rights, as the Trump administration is continuously proving it. The ban of transgender recognition would be a setback for the trans community, as they have been victims of hate crimes, discrimination in the workplace, and have gone so far in order to be recognized and valid. Whenever we become enlightened by the growing representation and positive changes made in society about the trans community, The Trump administration reminds us how this fight for LGBTQ+ rights is not even close to be over.
Transgender people exist, and have always existed, the fact that politicians want to invalidate their existence proves that people are misinformed and lack understanding on the topic. Why erase a person’s identity? Why does the Trump administration feel the need to discriminate and invalidate a sector of society who has been vulnerable for so long? Why the necessity to stunt the growth and development of a minority that has fought so hard for their rights and validation? The transgender community deserves equal treatment and deserves to feel safe in every environment. What should be erased is transphobia not the trans community and their civil rights. But, as the trending Twitter hashtag states, they, we #WontBeErased.