Friday, September 28, 2018
Contact: Marisela Felix
Director of Development + Marketing
(520) 370-8539

Our Nation’s Transgender Community Will Not be Erased #Won’tBeErased

YWCA Southern Arizona stands by our transgender brothers and sisters, gender nonconforming and intersex community, who are once again under attack by our federal government. We will not stand by the sidelines, and ask everyone we work in coalition with to join us in fighting to make sure transgender people are not erased.

The Trump administration recently announced it is reviewing policy to narrowly define gender as male or female, determined by sex assigned at birth based on genitalia. Government does not have the right to define gender based on a narrow and constrained assessment. This isn’t science and is an invasion of privacy and rights.

In response to this proposed policy change, scientists have responded that sex refers to anatomy, but gender is more than just anatomy at birth.

On Monday, Oct. 29, from 4 to 6 p.m., the community will come together in front of the Evo A. DeConcini Federal Building and U.S. Courthouse, 405 W. Congress St.

Mari Herreras, Director of Organizing & Advocacy, YWCA Southern Arizona, said this is the time when our community must come together. A policy change as suggested by the Trump administration can lead to more devastating changes.

“People who are most impacted are the most marginalized of our transgender communities, people of color, differently abled and others,” Herreras said.

“We can’t be quiet, and we can’t allow our transgender community to fight this alone in fear. We are with you and we will not allow you to be erased.”

YWCA Southern Arizona is a long-time supporter of the LGBTQ community. Our work includes hosting a grief support group for lesbians who have lost loved ones, serving Tucson’s transgender community through Your Sister’s Closet, sponsoring educational forums on LGBTQ issues and advocating for equal rights for the LGBTQ community. Our mission is eliminating racism, empowering women and promoting peace, justice, freedom and dignity for all – and that unequivocally includes the transgender community.