VIDEO: [Daily Wire] Ben Shapiro breaks down the truth about the NYT article, “Transgender Could Be Defined Out of Existence Under Trump Administration.” [Oct. 22, 2018]
According to the New York Times, a memo from the Department of Health and Human Services would instruct government agencies to “define gender as a biological, immutable condition determined by genitalia at birth.” Thus, “an explicit and uniform definition of gender” would be used across government policy, and would be understood “on a biological basis that is clear, grounded in science, objective and administrable.”
Here are two important things to know:
First, at least at the time I’m recording this, no one outside of the Times and the Department of HHS has seen the memo, or even knows what it says. Still, the breathless hysteria quickly spread to other media outlets, the LGBT community, and its allies.
Second, even if the Times report accurately describes the memo, the alleged proposal simply restores the status quo from less than five years ago. In 2014, as David French explains, “the Obama administration quietly expanded the definition [of sex] — without an act of Congress or even a regulatory rulemaking process” – deciding that “Title IX’s sex discrimination prohibition extends to claims of discrimination based on gender identity … .”