CFA Supports Transgender, Two-Spirit, Nonbinary, Intersex, and Gender Non-Conforming Faculty, Staff, and Students in the face of potential federal proposal

Recently the New York Times reported that the Federal Office of Health and Human Services is considering a change in the way gender is recorded under federal law.  These are not the first signs that the current administration is hostile to LGBTQI individuals, but this would be an intentional and determined effort to strip Trans, Gender Non-Conforming, Two Spirit, and Intersex individuals of their federal protections against discrimination. 

CFA supports and advocate for the full human rights and flourishing of LGBTQI persons and renounces this proposal and its intended definitional erasure of all those that will be affected by it.  Reducing the complexity of gender to one of two binary categories assigned at birth reverses decades of on-the-ground activism that led to the progressive stance of the Obama Administration regarding Title IX and other federal statutes that protect trans and gender non-conforming persons from discrimination.

The Collective Bargaining Agreement between the California Faculty Association and the CSU prohibits “discrimination against faculty unit employees on the basis of race, color, religion, ancestry, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, marital status, pregnancy, age, disability, medical condition, or veteran status.” Regardless of hate-based changes in federal policy, CFA will continue to vigorously defend our contractual protections.

While the State of California, the California Faculty Association, and the California State University system have made demonstrably clear that LGBTQI persons are protected from discrimination in these contexts, we recognize that the proposed change at the federal level may affect many of us who interact with federal agencies, or who have claims of discrimination at the federal level.  Additionally, there is the concern that those with bias and hatred against LGBTQI individuals will see this proposal as encouragement for targeting LGBTQI persons for harassment.  In the face of such challenges we will continue to fight for the rights of transgender, two-spirit, nonbinary, intersex, and gender non-conforming persons in our classrooms, laboratories, libraries, athletic facilities, university offices, and in all settings across campuses.

CFA is in solidarity with justice-minded organizations and individuals across the nation working to protect the rights and freedom of transgender, two-spirit, nonbinary, intersex, and gender non-conforming persons.