Nearly 8,000 signatories have joined an on-line petition to show their support for Trump administration’s definition of gender according to scientific consensus. The accompanying letter from some 35 medical, legal, and policy professionals goes on to “applaud the Trump Administration’s intention to uphold the scientific definition of sex in federal law and policy, such that girls and women will regain their sex-based legal protections, and the human rights of all will be preserved.”
According to the letter, the Trump administration has given indications that gender identity is not identical to biological sex in the application of civil rights and other laws. According to Breitbart, a medical professional said that the goal of the letter and petition is to be inclusive. “What I like about the document is that it can appeal to a broad range of views,” said Dr. Michael Laidlaw, according to Breitbart. “So, I’m hoping that it gets broad support from right, left and center who recognize the importance of using biological sex in law rather than gender identity,” said the endocrinologist.
“Not only is an expanded definition of sex unscientific, but it has also proven harmful,” the letter said. It goes on to claim that gender identity is not the same as the biological sex of an individual, but that biology cannot be altered by political constructs. Citing a definition used by the Institute of Medicine, the letter said, “Sex is a biological trait that defines living things as male and female based on the complement of sex chromosomes and the presence of reproductive organs.” Sex differences are not minor, said the letter, which affired that there are more than “6500 shared genes that are expressed differently in human males and females.”
Dr. Debra Soh tweeted on the issue, writing: “Biological sex is NOT a spectrum. Acknowledging this doesn't prohibit equal rights for transgender & intersex people.”
The professionals who signed the letter rejected the idea that failing to allow persons who profess a transgender identity will lead to an increase in suicide rates. “Individuals who identify as transgender may have mistaken beliefs about themselves and their bodies. They suffer real emotional distress and are at a higher risk for mental illness, including suicidal ideation, as compared to the general population. Social and medical ‘gender transition and affirmation,’ however, is not proven to decrease suicide rates,” the letter said.
Women's’ rights, the letter said, are at risk when a standard other than biological reality is used.
“When gender identity is erroneously treated as equivalent to sex in law and policy, then a male may at any time demand the rights, protections and access afforded to females. This automatically strips girls and women of their right to sex-based privacy, protection, and a proper playing field to compete equally. Transgender ideology thereby transforms all that was once reserved for females alone into another male prerogative,” the letter said.
Noting that transgenderism has been utilized to allow the entry of biological males into spaces hitherto reserved to females and thus endangering women and girls. As a result, it contends, girls and women are suffering sexual assaults at the hands of biological men in prisons, lavatories, and shelters intended for women.“For the law to respect the human dignity of all Americans, including those who identify as transgender, it must be based on biological truth; not on ideological falsehoods at the expense of children and women’s rights, health and well-being,” it said.
The letter says in part:
"Upholding the scientific definition of sex in law and policy protects everyone's right to privacy, protection and equal treatment, especially that of girls and women. It is impossible to protect girls' and women’s rights unless the law defines them solely according to objective biological reality and not according to subjective gender identity. When gender identity is erroneously treated as equivalent to sex in law and policy, then a male may at any time demand the rights, protections and access afforded to females. This automatically strips girls and women of their right to sex-based privacy, protection, and a proper playing field to compete equally. Transgender ideology thereby transforms all that was once reserved for females alone into another male prerogative.
"Boys, for example, are literally running away with state level championship titles in girls' sports because they identify as transgender.[xii] How is it just to award honors - which could include athletic college scholarships - reserved for female high school athletes, to boys who are innately biologically bigger, stronger and faster?
"Of greater concern, gender identity has been used to allow biological males in spaces previously reserved for women. As a result, girls and women are suffering sexual assaults at the hands of biological men in women's shelters,[xiii], [xiv] women's prisons [xv] and even elementary school girls' bathrooms.[xvi]"