Press Releases | Comunicados De Prensa
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 22, 2018
BIENESTAR RESPONDS TO FEDERAL GOVERNMENT PLAN TO NARROW DEFINITION OF GENDER
The premier Latino LGBTQ nonprofit serving the transgender community for over 25 years responds to the federal government’s plan to “erase” recognition of transgender individuals.
[LOS ANGELES, CA]—Bienestar Human Services sharply condemns the federal government’s plan to redefine gender as an unchanging biological trait that is determined by genitalia at birth, according to a recent New York Times report.
According to the report, the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) plans to create a legal definition of “sex” as either male or female under Title IX, a federal law prohibiting gender-based discrimination. This drastic move would essentially stop the recognition and protections of transgender people under federal civil rights law.
Transgender-serving organizations like Bienestar, are mobilizing their communities to speak out against this move, which could jeopardize the health and well-being of over 1.4 million Americans who identify as transgender. “The rights of our transgender sisters and brothers are all at stake,” says Khloe Perez-Rios, a transgender staff member at Bienestar. “Our rights are human rights. And I will make sure this administration knows that.”
Bienestar will be joining other organizations and activists at a rally at City Hall today at 6pm. Bienestar staff and clients will be available for comment and interviews.
WHO: Bienestar Human Services, Latino LGBT nonprofit organization
Empowered Transgender Women, “Agents of Change” and clients of Bienestar
WHAT: Community response to federal government’s move to narrowly define gender
WHEN: Monday, October 22, 2018 at 7pm
WHERE: Los Angeles City Hall—200 N Main Street, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Since 1989, Bienestar has been committed to enhancing the health and well-being of the Latino community and other underserved communities in Southern California. We accomplish this through our unique peer-to-peer service model, community outreach, health education and awareness and human rights advocacy for social justice. We operate seven centers throughout Southern California.