Mazzoni Center Staff Responds to Trump Administration’s Attack on Transgender, Intersex and Gender Nonconforming Individuals

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On Sunday, The New York Times reported on a memo drafted by the Trump Administration that could lead to regulatory attempts to define gender as “as either male or female, unchangeable, and determined by the genitals that a person is born with.”

The Times outlined that the memo, drafted by the Department of Health & Human Services, threatens to dramatically roll-back protections for transgender and gender nonconforming communities and narrow the definitions of sex and gender that courts have increasingly used to provide protections for LGBTQ people.

The Mazzoni Center, Philadelphia’s largest LGBT healthcare provider, provides care and services to more than 35,000 patients and clients annually.

“This draft memo is a transparent attempt to rewrite years of progress achieved by advocates under the Obama administration,” said Mazzoni Center CEO Lydia Gonzalez Sciarrino.  “To be clear: this is more than this administration’s usual, hateful rhetoric. This is a very real attack on the very lives and existence of transgender people. It is painful, it is hateful, and we will not let it go unchallenged. We will stand together to ensure this administration does not undermine the scores of federal court decisions that have recognized the humanity and rights of trans folks and hundreds of state and local legal protections we’ve already won.”

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