FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: Statement from Louisiana Trans Advocates on the HHS proposal to establish a legal definition of sex
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
October 21, 2018
Dylan Waguespack, Board President
Elliot Leaux, Media Liaison
Statement from Leadership of Louisiana Trans Advocates on the HHS proposal to establish a legal definition of sex:
Transgender Louisianans and our allies ask only for the freedom to live authentically and for the rights and protections from discrimination that allow us to do so.
Existing laws guaranteeing legal protections from discrimination have been vetted through years of interpretation in our nation’s court systems. Multiple federal courts have interpreted those laws to include legal protections to transgender Americans.
The Trump-Pence administration cannot choose to follow only the laws that suit their political purposes and they cannot erase the existence of transgender Americans across our country, including an estimated 20,900 transgender people living in the state of Louisiana, with a piece of paper.
Louisiana Trans Advocates and our allies call on Congress to pass the Equality Act now, making crystal clear the inclusion of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people in federal nondiscrimination laws on the books and holding the Trump-Pence administration accountable to the laws of the United States.