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Tell Congress: Transgender people deserve basic civil rights

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“Protect the civil rights of transgender people. Block and resist the anti-transgender Civil Rights Uniformity Act of 2017.”

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    Tell Congress: Transgender people deserve basic civil rights

    Anti-LGBTQ Republican extremists in Congress are trying to forbid the federal government from providing basic civil rights protections to transgender people.

    The deceptively named “Civil Rights Uniformity Act of 2017”1 would keep laws that protect people from gender discrimination from applying to transgender people – leaving transgender men and women out in the cold and open to bigoted attacks.2

    All people deserve civil rights protections. This blatant attempt to undermine the rights of transgender people is despicable. We have to send a message to anti-LGBTQ lawmakers that we will not stand for rollbacks of vital protections.

    Tell Congress: Protect the rights of transgender people. Block and resist the Civil Rights Uniformity Act of 2017.

    Attacks against LGBTQ people have been relentless under the current regime. Right-wing bigot and Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently rescinded an Obama-era policy to protect transgender people in the workplace.3 Earlier this month Donald Trump became the first-ever sitting president to speak at Values Voter Summit, an event produced by the outspoken anti-LGBTQ hate group the Family Research Council.4 Additionally, Trump is filling courts all across the country with outwardly anti-LGBTQ judges,5 and just last week, The New Yorker reported that Trump regularly jokes about Mike Pence’s horrifying and dangerous personal bigotry against LGBTQ people.6 It’s not funny, it’s dangerous.

    The Civil Rights Uniformity Act of 2017 would forbid the federal government from applying any existing protections against gender discrimination to transgender people – including retroactively limiting Title IX, the Civil Rights Acts of 1964, the Fair Housing Act and the Affordable Care Act.7 The authors are doing this by dictating that “the words ‘sex’ and ‘gender’ shall not be interpreted to mean ‘gender identity’, and the words ‘man’ and ‘woman’ shall refer exclusively to a person’s genetic sex.”8

    This is not only discriminatory and cruel – it’s absurd, unenforceable and exposes Republican bigots’ deep-seated fear of people expressing their true gender and whole identities outside of an imaginary – yet harshly policed – gender binary.

    But science and logic have never stopped anti-LGBTQ Republicans from trying to discriminate. In this climate, it is critical that we stay vigilant in pushing back against any attack on the LGBTQ community. We have to send a message to the bigoted Republicans in Congress that we won’t let them get away with any attempt to strip away LGBTQ rights.

    Tell Congress: Protect the rights of transgender people. Block and resist the Civil Rights Uniformity Act of 2017.

    Thank you for standing up to LGBTQ rights.

    References:
    1. Rep. Pete Olson,"H.R.2796 - Civil Rights Uniformity Act of 2017,” June 7, 2017.
    2. Andrew Phillips, “Republican Bill Would Stop Civil Rights Protections for Trans People,” OUT Magazine, July 18, 2017.
    3. Mark Joseph Stern, “The Civil Rights Ax,” Slate, Oct. 5, 2017.
    4. Paige Lavender, “Trump Becomes First Sitting President To Address Anti-LGBTQ Event,” HuffPost, Oct. 13, 2017.
    5. Jennifer Bendery, “Trump Is Filling Court Seats With Anti-LGBTQ, Anti-Abortion Judges,” HuffPost, Oct. 8, 2017.
    6. Justin L. Mack, “The New Yorker: Trump jokes Pence wants to 'hang' gays,” USA Today, Oct. 17, 2017.
    7. Marykate Jasper, “The “Civil Rights Uniformity Act” Is Trying to Write Trans People Out of Civil Rights Protections,” The Mary Sue, July 16, 2017.
    8. Olson, “H.R.2796 - Civil Rights Uniformity Act of 2017.”