LGBTQ journalist Masha Gessen: Trump administration's attempt to erase transgender people is redefining “who gets to be fully human”

Gessen: “What Trump is essentially doing is redefining peoplehood. He's redefining the nation, ... who gets to be fully human”

From the October 21 edition of MSNBC's AM Joy:

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JOY REID (HOST): There was a story that you were good enough to alert us to, that the Trump administration, and this sounds to me, I can't believe it, is considering redefining gender. And I'll just read just a little bit of it: “The Trump administration is considering narrowly defining gender as a biological, immutable condition determined by genitalia at birth, the most drastic [move] yet in a government wide effort to roll back recognition and protections for transgender people under federal civil rights laws.” A reminder that there are things that the executive, even in America, can do on their own, even without public consent or congressional consent.

MASHA GESSEN (AUTHOR): You know, this is not just about transgender people, although it's big enough about transgender people. But what Trump is doing essentially, he is redefining peoplehood. He's redefining the nation. And in that sense, what he is doing with immigration, and what he is doing with reversing the gains on LGBT rights, but specifically transgender rights, is redefining humanhood. Who gets to be fully human. Who gets to have the full rights of citizenship -- not transgender people, not immigrants, not many others.


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