Bipartisan Coalition of Mayors Defend Transgender Americans Posted on October 23, 2018
Today Mayors Against LGBT Discrimination released a statement in response to Sunday’s New York Times report, detailing the Trump Administration’s plans to adopt a new legal definition for the term “sex” that could eviscerate federal protections for transgender Americans.

The Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) is considering a proposal that would define sex as “a person’s status as male or female based on immutable biological traits identifiable by or before birth.” The definition means that the federal government would essentially cease to recognize the basic existence and humanity of transgender Americans.

The Mayors Against LGBT Discrimination is a nonpartisan coalition of over 350 mayors across the country. It is chaired by Mayor Muriel Bowser of the District of Columbia; Mayor Jenny Durkan of Seattle, Washington; Mayor Sly James of Kansas City, Missouri; and Mayor Jim Kenney of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. In response to the reported memo impacting transgender Americans, the coalition co-chairs released the following statement:

“As Mayors we value the unique contributions and basic humanity of all our constituents. Transgender people are our neighbors, coworkers, friends, and family members, and they deserve to live their lives with dignity and respect. This proposal flies in the face of our nation’s values and poses a very real threat to the safety and wellbeing of transgender Americans across the country. We denounce this mean-spirited attack and stand with our transgender neighbors on behalf of fairness, respect, and freedom for all.”

Mayors Against LGBT Discrimination is a first-of-its-kind nonpartisan coalition that launched in January 2017. Since its inception, mayors have participated in three in-person briefings; published press statements and op-eds in support of LGBT nondiscrimination protections in places such as Pennsylvania, Wisconsin, Texas, and nationwide; signed onto friend-of-the-court briefs in key court cases such as the Masterpiece Cakeshop case; and taken additional actions to advance equal treatment. The coalition is a program of Freedom for All Americans, the campaign to win comprehensive LGBT nondiscrimination protections nationwide. For the full list of participating mayors, visit