College Democrats of New York

College Democrats of New York is the official college outreach wing of the New York State Democratic party. As an affiliate of College Democrats of America, our goal is to empower young progressives one student at a time. We are committed to electing strong progressive Democrats in the state of New York and across the country.

College Dems of New York Oppose the Trump Administration's Attempted Marginalization of the Gender Nonconforming Community

Albany, NY-- The New York Times recently reported that the Trump Administration is rolling back the civil rights of the LGBTQ+ community by redefining sex as binary (male or female), unchangeable, and determined by one’s physical anatomy at birth. Such a definition, if codified, will roll back much of the progress the LGBTQ+ community has made as of late.

The Trump Administration is attempting to force individuals to conform to a binary gender system, even though countless Americans would feel ostracized by such a narrow definition of gender. We will not stand by while the executive branch attempts to redefine sex in a way that alienates millions of Americans who identify outside of the binary. If Trump’s changes are approved, the more than 1.4 million members of the gender nonconforming community in America will face further marginalization, restricted access to health care, forced usage of bathrooms that do not match their gender identities plus various other violations of their rights.

The potential social consequences of the proposed changes mean we must ensure that the roll back of civil rights for the nonbinary community is stopped in its tracks. Today, tomorrow, and everyday, we at CDNY, join our gender nonconforming friends as they fight to equate transgender rights and human rights. We call on the Trump administration to stop attempting to marginalize a group as unique and important to American society as the gender non-conforming community.