Attorney generals across the country are calling on the federal government to change policies regarding transgender rights.
Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey is urging the Trump Administration to adopt a definition of sex that would include transgender individuals.
The Trump Administration must abandon efforts to redefine “sex” to exclude transgender and gender nonconforming people. There is no sound basis in science, policy, or law for taking such a prejudiced, intolerant, and drastic step backward. #WontBeErased #TransAwarenessWeek pic.twitter.com/BFKC5fmEpZ— Maura Healey (@MassAGO) November 19, 2018
Last month, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services considered adopting a definition of sex by biological traits determined at or before birth. In response, 20 attorney generals sent letters to Health and Human Services and the Department of Education calling for this language to be changed.
“My office will continue to stand up for basic civil rights for all of our residents,” Healey said. “We urge the federal government to join us in protecting transgender individuals, not adding to persistent discrimination and bullying.”
Over the past year, Healey leads the coalition of 20 state attorney generals in opposing the Trump Administration’s attempt to ban transgender individuals from serving openly in the military.
The attorney generals say the restrictive definition would exclude transgender and gender non-conforming individuals from civil rights protections laid out in the Affordable Care Act.