Los Angeles Vanguard Weekly Blog

LA LGBT Center Slams Trump Admin for "Repugnant" Reversal of Trans Worker Protections

The Los Angeles LGBT Center describes the Trump administration’s reversal of a federal civil rights law protecting transgender people from discrimination in the workplace as “shameful” and “morally repugnant.”

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Thursday sent a two-page memo to federal attorneys and agency directors reversing the Obama administration’s decision in 2014 to include gender identity as an additional protection under the Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

“Although federal law, including Title VII, provides various protections to transgender individuals, Title VII does not prohibit discrimination based on gender identity per se,” Sessions wrote. “This is a conclusion of law, not policy.”

The Center’s Director of Policy and Community Building Dave Garcia said the move “is one more shameful example of the Trump Administration’s ongoing war against the rights of LGBT people in this country.” 

“Once again, the Administration has made clear its utter disregard for the rights and the very humanity of transgender people,” Garcia said. “This morally repugnant calculation is an affront to all Americans who believe in equal justice under the law.

“It is obvious that President Trump and Attorney General Jeff Sessions care more about the craven appeasement of their base than the lawful protection of American citizens from discrimination.” 

Garcia points out that California law will continue to protect the transgender community throughout the state.

The Center offers a wide range of support specifically for transgender people, including employment support, medical care, and trans-specific courses and social activities through its Trans* Lounge.

(Photo of Jeff Sessions courtesy of Gage Skidmore)

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