FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: 3250+ La Healthcare Providers Slam HHS Transgender Proposal
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
November 8, 2018
Dylan Waguespack, Board President
Elliot Wade, Media Liaison
BATON ROUGE — Today, Louisiana Trans Advocates released an open letter to federal and state officials signed by organizations representing 3,000+ medical and behavioral health care practitioners, as well as 250+ individual practitioners, denouncing the Trump-Pence administration's proposed policy to redefine gender in a way that eliminates the recognition of transgender and intersex individuals.
The letter is being delivered to officials within the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the U.S. Department of Justice, and copies will be distributed to Louisiana Gov. John Bel Edwards, Louisiana Department of Health Secretary Rebekah Gee, Louisiana Attorney General Jeff Landry, House Speaker Taylor Barras, and Senate President John Alario.
In the letter, practitioners point to widespread medical consensus across all major U.S. medical associations that irrefutable scientific evidence recognizes the existence of transgender and intersex individuals. Additionally, the letter highlights the increased risks for poor health outcomes that transgender and intersex people experience resulting from marginalization and discrimination in society.
Quoting from the letter: “This definition of sex contradicts the irrefutable fact of the existence of not only transgender people, but also intersex people. . .While intersex conditions are not the same as transgender identity, in both cases, a patient’s gender identity is understood by the professional medical and behavioral health community to be determinant of their sex.”
“The Trump-Pence Administration is ignoring medical fact and using the grammar school version of sex and gender to propagate fear and encourage discrimination with lethal consequences for members of the transgender and intersex communities,” says Dylan Waguespack, Board President of Louisiana Trans Advocates.
Waguespack continues, “There is overwhelming consensus among not just the medical community, but a majority of all Louisianans, that transgender people exist and deserve to be protected from discrimination. This proposal is contrary to science and contrary to our values as Louisianans. It won’t stand in our state or in any corner of this nation.”
On Sunday, Oct. 21, 2018, The New York Times reported on a leaked proposal from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services to establish a narrower legal definition of sex under Title IX based strictly on a person’s biological sex assigned at birth. Existing language in Title IX was clarified under the Obama administration and in the court system to include protections of persons in the LGBTQ community. If enacted, the Trump-Pence administration would opt not to follow established law and transgender individuals would be subject to discrimination without the legal protections of Title IX. The proposed medically inaccurate definition of gender ignores the existence of intersex people, fails to account for people who medically transition, and disregards the poorer health outcomes experienced by transgender individuals facing discrimination.