Today I feel sad and tired of this fighting for existence. Today I cannot seem to find the right words. I’ve written all day, angry at the world. I’ve decided this feeling is allowed. I am allowed to be angry. I do not have to be strong all the time. I am allowed to feel discouraged. To feel sad. To feel exhausted. Because I do. And that is okay. I keep breathing. Tomorrow I will wake up and put my swim suit on and I will continue this. This living. Because the very act of living is refuting his every word. I live. I exist. We exist. — Sometimes the fiercest revolution is the quietest. It whispers with every breath: I am here. I am here. We are here. You cannot erase us.
Regardless of what this memo could imply in the future, this moment right now matters. This is another public statement that demands that I, and every other trans person, think about -- and mostly likely question -- the validity of our existence as people. And that is exhausting. I want to live in a country in which I do not spend a majority of my breath proving my existence. My breath should be proof enough.
The Health and Human Services Department has been pushing for the change, a fresh and direct aim at transgender rights, hoping other departments embrace that approach for sweeping impact. But it is unclear whether there is support for the broader effort or whether the regulation would be issued at all, as some in the administration are pushing back.Such a change seeks to negate claims that gender identity — rather than biological gender — can be used for protection under federal civil rights laws such as Title IX, which bans sex discrimination. If such regulations were adopted, the federal government would consider a transgender person’s sex to be what is determined at birth rather than the gender with which they identify.
“Sex means a person’s status as male or female based on immutable biological traits identifiable by or before birth. . . . The sex listed on a person’s birth certificate, as originally issued, shall constitute definitive proof of a person’s sex unless rebutted by reliable genetic evidence.”