Basic Rights Oregon demands an end to the proposed erasure of transgender, gender non-conforming and intersex people in federal policy.

The Trump administration is considering narrowly defining gender as male or female according to a determination made at birth. This is the most drastic move yet in a governmentwide effort to roll back recognition and protections of transgender, gender non-conforming and intersex people under federal civil rights law.

The proposal to exclude transgender people from federal protections is a targeted and intentional move to systemically define who this government decides is valid and worthy of a safe existence.

Basic Rights Oregon has worked long and hard to secure protections for our most marginalized communities and we will not let the Trump administration roll back years of progress.

This cruel policy contradicts the expertise and beliefs of every major medical and psychological organization in our nation, regarding the nature of gender, as well as decades of legal precedents and federal policy.

“Saying transgender people don’t exist while attempting to erase the lived experiences of more than two million Americans is horrific,” said Nancy Haque, Executive Director of Basic Rights Oregon.. “We stand with our transgender community in this terrifying time – and always. We encourage the rest of our LGBQ community to center and uplift the voices of transgender folks and make sure we are doing everything we can to be supportive as a community.”

“Basic Rights Oregon will do everything in our power to beat back bigoted, inhumane efforts like this one, just as we defeated more than 30 ballot measures attacking our community,” said Transgender Justice Organizer Kieran Chase, “Our will to live openly and authentically as ourselves will always be stronger than our opponents’ hateful attempts to stop us.”

To all the transgender, gender non-conforming and intersex people in our state, as well as their families, loved ones and friends, know that we are hard at work. Your life and truth matter.

You’ve helped us create an Oregon where our leaders listen to and understand transgender people. Together, with them, we’ll protect our hard won non-discrimination protections and help keep Oregon a shining beacon of hope for the nation.

Please donate to support Basic Rights Oregon as we work towards a world where no one needs to prove their right to dignity and security.