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Letter of Support from LGBTQ Studies to UT Community

Wed, October 24, 2018
Letter of Support from LGBTQ Studies to UT Community
Yana Paskova for NYT

On October 21, The New York Times reported on a memo drafted by the Trump administration that could lead to regulatory attempts to define sex “as either male or female, unchangeable, and determined by the genitals a person is born with.” The intention of this memo is to withdraw Title IX and other protections for transgender people that had been extended under the previous administration. Not only that, it would essentially write intersex people out of existence, despite the fact that almost 2% of the population is intersex. It would leave trans, intersex, non-binary and gender non-conforming people especially vulnerable to discrimination, stripping them of current legal protections for which activists and policymakers have successfully fought. This memo also constitutes an attack on our academic mission in LGBTQ Studies and our commitment to ideas about gender and sexuality that allow a diversity of identifications to flourish and that challenge the current administration’s decree about sex and gender.


The LGBTQ Studies Program wants to offer its unequivocal support to all the students, staff and faculty who would be directly affected by this rollback. We acknowledge the threat this memo poses to our UT community, and we will continue to shore up our energies to help find material resources and support for all who need it. That effort must include intersex, trans, non-binary, and gender non-conforming people, especially those who exist within multiply oppressive contexts and conditions. Our commitment to your rights, your safety, your dignity, and your sense of wellbeing and belonging are at the center of our work, and that will not change. We see you, we hear you, we are you, and we love you.


Ann Cvetkovich, Grayson Hunt, and Lisa Moore

LGBTQ Studies Program 

University of Texas at Austin

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