Robert Redfield, the Director of the Center for Disease Control (CDC), weighed in on Donald Trump’s memo about transgender people and gender identity.
The leaked memo reveals Trump’s administrations aims to restrict the defintion of sex to genitalia at birth.
It reads: ‘Sex means a person’s status as male or female based on immutable biological traits identifiable by or before birth.
‘The sex listed on a person’s birth certificate, as originally issued, shall constitute definitive proof of a person’s sex unless rebutted by reliable genetic evidence.’
Protests immediately broke out, even as Trump insisted he’s trying to ‘protect the country’.
Though Redfield didn’t directly criticize the memo, he did warn about the possibility of increased stigma around people. He specifically addressed people’s fears around HIV and trans individuals, saying: ‘We need to understand that stigmatizing illness, stigmatizing individuals is not in the interest of public health.’
According to reports, the Department of Health and Human Services, which oversees the CDC, is backing the memo. Other departments, however, are pushing back.
Scientists as well have been outspoken about their problems with the memo.
Redfield also warned that stigma around diseases and illness can harm the treatment of said health problems.
Previously, however, Redfield also said that the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s was ‘God’s judgment’.
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