Over the weekend, the New York Times released a draft memo from the Trump Administration that proposes an adjustment to HHS definition of ‘sex’ and ‘gender’ that is so narrow it would eradicate the basic civil rights of all transgender and gender-diverse people in the US.

Individually, I am doing all I can to support the powerful and transformative work of the National Center for Transgender Equality. I am amplifying the voices of transgender leaders and I am focusing my allyship to center the work and lives of those in our community that are most marginalized. Individually, I urge you to do the same.

But as the leader of Out & Equal I want to speak to you as an LGBT executive, an ERG leader, an ally that is a Diversity & Inclusion Professional.

I need you to stand up, to speak up, and to tell this Administration that this will not be done in your name. The Administration is hiding behind Corporate America—we have heard again and again that companies will be stronger in the erosion of civil rights, but we know that is not true.

These discriminatory practices are being done in your name: Tell the Administration that our community Won’t Be Erased and that you will not stand for discrimination in your name. 

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Corporate voices hold incredible weight with this Administration—while our national LGBTQ organizations and transgender leaders are on the front lines of this fight—your impact cannot be overstated. Use your voice as a corporate leader and urge your company to tell this Administration that you will not stand for the eradication of transgender civil rights and that you know that in addition to science, medicine, and the law being on the side of equality but Corporate America is too.

We are living in a terrifying time but we are a community of courage—be courageous.

And if you are reading this as a member of the transgender community, know this—I have your back. We are with you, we will always be with you. You are brave, you are strong, you are deserving of love and equality and you are not alone. We will cross this finish line together.

In Equality,

Erin Uritus

CEO, Out & Equal Workplace Advocates

Header Photo: Black Hills Center for Equality Inc.