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Could Federal Redefining of Gender Identity Cause "Administrative Chaos"?

Could Federal Redefining of Gender Identity Cause "Administrative Chaos"?
Susan Dutca-Lovell

The Trump administration's consideration in defining gender as a biological condition determined by a person's gender at birth could cause "administrative chaos" at universities which employ Obama-era rules, where "there's no test" to "prove that a person is a certain gender."

Under the Obama administration, the question as to whether or not the law protects people on the basis of their gender identity was that yes, it did. In 2016, the Department of Justice and the Department of Education, under the Obama administration, published a "Dear Colleague" letter, stipulating the protections for transgender students under Title IX.v

The letter was rescinded by the Trump administration in early 2017 and, in 2018, the Health and Human Services Civil Rights Office spearheaded an effort to "establish a legal definition of sex under Title IX." The "explicit and uniform definition of gender" was to be determined "on a biological basis that is clear, grounded in science, objective and administrable." The proposed definition was to "define sex as either male or female, unchangeable, and determined by the genitals that a person is born with."

Many colleges and universities claim they would "continue to abide by the previous guidelines." If the Education Department decides to integrate the new definition into its regulations - expected to be released this fall - there is concern that "a transgender student would not have recourse to complain to the federal government about discrimination on the basis of gender identity." Up until now, "complaining to the U.S. Department of Education was an option for transgender students in states without those protections." However, "if the rules are changed...that's a lot less friendly of a place to go." In your opinion, how should colleges approach this issue of defining gender, if at all?

Comments (10)
That would be bad for transgender students 1/2/2019
I'm female, but know several transgender students that this would affect. or example, let's say you identify as female, but the school is calling you male and using your birth name, how do you think that would feel? That would depress you because it's not who you are. I think that rule would be very bad to implement. I know a librarian at my school is transgender as well; would this rule affect faculty and staff? I hope not; that would hurt her deeply.
Sam B. D. 12/5/2018
Honestly, what people label as "gender" these days should really be "sexual preference," because that's what it is. Biologically, if you're male, you're male for your whole life, and you cannot change that, regardless of whether you identify as female or not. Chromosomes cannot be changed after birth, or even very soon after conception, really. Changing "gender" to "sexual preference" would fix the whole issue, given that even if it's something biological that causes dysphoria, that biological something happens in the brain, not the actual chromosomes. But most importantly, we can't just keep praising people with dysphoria for the sake of "inclusion." Sure, they've had it rough, and we should recognize that, but to give them special privileges or special treatment simply because they "don't submit to the norm" or whatever is preposterous. Cool, people have variety in their thinking; now that we've recognized it, there's no need to glorify them. Let's just get on with life already.
AJ 10/31/2018
Glorifying dysphoric individuals that change genders as if they're changing clothes sets a dangerous precedent that creates societal ripples for generations to come. Someone's psychology and environmental conditions may cause them to think or identify a certain way, but it doesn't change their biology. No, our biology is a calculated thing of beauty. Only an egotist would think they have personal control over a system refined by natural processes for millions & millions of years, one that self-perfects itself with every mate selection. If you have XY chromosomes and a penis at birth, you are a male. If you have XX chromosomes and a vagina at birth, you are a female. If I suddenly "feel" like identifying as a platypus, it does not make me into a platypus. Those who argue against these statements on the basis of "their feelings" do not follow the scientific method with a rational mind. Academia is intended ONLY for those who are students of reason, logic, and evidence-based science.
Bobbie C 10/29/2018
Look up the names Laverne Cox, Jazz Jennings, The Wachowskis, Andreja Pejic, Christine Jorgensen, Renee Richards, Caroline Cossey, Fallon Fox, Lea T, Jenna Talackova, Isis King. After you look any or all of these names up I ask you. Would you be comfortable with them in the men's bathroom, or dorms, or showers? Do you think they would be comfortable? Now, look up the names Chaz Bono, Balian Buschbaum, Miles Mckenna, Aydian Dowling, Buck Angel, Loren Rex Cameron, Ian Harvie, Rocco Kayiatos, Thomas Beatie, Ryan Sallans. Would you want any of these people in a female dorm or shower? Most people don't realize that being transgender is more than just wearing the opposite genders cloth and acting like it. Its a literal switch. I hope you can realize how this could cause some chaos.
Audrey T. 10/29/2018
Transgender dysphoria is a type of body euphoria that can give an individual severe depression and anxiety. It can't be treated by medicine, as it's not based not on the chemical output of your brain, but the way your consience views your own body. To worsen this could ruin a transgender student's life. I get that your religion can "excuse" your beliefs, but in truth, isn't god supposed to be the only one to judge? You're also committing a sin by showing hatred to those who are choosing, with conscious decision, to be the way they are. We all know how you feel about us. Trust me. That doesn't change us, though. Mind your own business, and at least judge us privately instead of giving us a hard time. AND. Oh my god, please! Sex isn't gender! Sex is your genitals, gender is what makes you feel the most comfortable. Let people feel Okay in their own bodies, PLEASE.
Matt S. 10/28/2018
I don't see how this is administrative chaos. Gender is a biological condition determined at birth. Science has proved it. If you have 2 X-Chromosomes, you are female. If you have and X chromosome and a Y chromosome, you are a male. It's not that difficult to understand. I will admit that it is possible to be born intersex, but that is the result of a genetic mutation.
Cameron B 10/27/2018
Lol there's no chaos here except maybe for the liberal shills in the college campuses. In my opinion, Trump's clear definition of gender under title IX is the correct one. Those colleges should change their rules.
Bleu W 10/26/2018
I'm a transgender male student and everything has been a lot safer and healthier for me because my school changed my gender to male. This would disrupt my entire educational career if I wasn't able to identify with the gender I'm transitioning to be.
Lee V 10/25/2018
I don’t see how this should be chaotic. God made you who you are and that gender is what you will ALWAYS be. This is really getting out of control. There are only 2 sexes, male and female. You can never change that!
James W 10/25/2018
How would it cause administrative chaos? I had to provide a copy of my birth certificate to the only change is you tell the college worker, "Look at the birth certificate and see the sex indicated." How is that chaotic?
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