Illinois orgs react to possible new federal transgender policy


CHICAGO — The ACLU of Illinois put out a statement in reaction to a possible new federal policy that would erases federal recognition of transgender people.

John Knight, director of the ACLU of Illinois LGBTQ & HIV Project:

“This cruel attack on transgender people is a new low point for the Trump Administration. We will not stand by and allow the very being of our colleagues, friends and family members who are transgender from being written off as unworthy of recognition. Hateful words can be issued from Washington, but transgender people are not going away and will not be silenced.

Transgender people have worked tirelessly to challenge discrimination against those who are transgender at the local and state, as well as federal level. If the Trump administration moves forward with these hateful and hurtful policies, they will challenge those policies as well. We are dedicated to doing everything we can to ensure those challenges are successful.”

Equality Illinois called on U.S. senators Tammy Duckworth and Dick Durbin and the Illinois congressional delegation to oppose the policy change.