President Donald Trump's administration caused an uproar on Sunday (Oct. 21) after it was revealed in a government memo obtained by the New York Times that they were considering a policy that would eliminate transgender recognition by requiring individuals to be defined as male or female based on their genitalia at birth. According to the report, The Department of Health and Human Services is aiming to establish a uniform definition of gender, determined “on a biological basis that is clear, grounded in science, objective and administrable." It defined sex as "a person’s status as male or female based on immutable biological traits identifiable by or before birth" adding that a person’s originally-issued birth certificate "shall constitute definitive proof of a person’s sex unless rebutted by reliable genetic evidence.”
The proposed move of defining gender as an unchangeable condition would drastically roll-back civil rights and protections for the transgender community, which includes an estimated 1.4 million Americans. But these attacks on the community are not new to trans and gender non-conforming folk. In fact, Billboard asked 18 musicians and celebrities where they look for hope in this dark political climate and one theme rang true: the community is resilient.