Erasing Transphobia at the Ballot Box

10/23/2018 – In its latest attempt to roll back legal protections for members of the transgender community, the Trump administration plans to erase transgender people from existence by legally defining gender by genitalia at birth. Ironically, the Administration is twisting Title IX, the federal civil rights law that prevents gender-based discrimination, as the basis for this draconian policy change.

This is simply outrageous. And we have to fight back.

Equitas Health stands firm in its support of the transgender community and each individual’s right to live openly and with dignity. We will not look on while our elected leaders force those among us who are trans back into the closet.  The diversity of gender identities on our board and staff make us a more competent and effective healthcare and social service provider.

Just last week, the Equitas Health Institute hosted its Transforming Care Conference, where 505 registrants came together to address inequities in healthcare for the LGBTQ community, with a unified acceptance of the current policy and science that supports the existence of people who are transgender and gender nonconforming. Our keynote speaker Sarah McBride, National Press Secretary of the Human Rights Campaign, reminded attendees, “If there’s one thing we’ve seen through the battle for civil and human rights, no matter the obstacles in our way, change is always possible.”

But that change won’t happen on its own. We have to vote to demand it.

This November there are candidates up and down the ballot who will be in positions of power to implement horrific policies like the one the Trump administration is pushing now, and also those who can stop policy backslides. Equitas Health understands that in order to ensure good policy, we have to elect good policy makers. That’s why this November is just too important to sit out.

Make sure your voice is heard—go vote.

This week you can cast your ballot early at your local county Early Vote location between 8 am – 5 pm. You can also cast your ballots early in-person this Saturday (October 27) between 8 am – 4 pm. If you’ve requested an absentee ballot, make sure you fill it out and return it by November 6th. If you’re interested in reading more about what and who’s on your ballot this year, visit our Equitas Health Votes website.

History tells us that no matter how many times the government has tried to write LGBTQ people out of the law, it doesn’t work, because people like you stand up to political bullies. Together with allies, the transgender community has spearheaded some of the most monumental progress for the LGBTQ community. Let’s speak in a unified voice this November by standing up against transphobia, against bigotry, and against hate.

Let’s stand together for equality and dignity for all.

Yours in the fight,


Bill Hardy Head Shot

Bill Hardy
President & CEO

Katy Shanahan
Advocacy Manager