The Perils of a Policy

October 25, 2018 6:14 pm
Written by: StartOut Director of Community, Ian Brown

Members of the Trump Administration are attempting to establish a legal definition of sex under Title IX that limits sex not only to the binary but to sex at birth.

StartOut’s mission and values are not in alignment with this policy. We will not let our transgender, gender non-conforming, and intersex communities be erased. As an organization, we refuse to allow one-third of our LGBTQ community to be defined out of existence.

The scientific and moral issues with the designed policy have been clearly established. As an accelerator for LGBTQ founders and entrepreneurs, we recognize that transgender individuals in the U.S. annually contribute an estimate of over $560 billion. From an economic standpoint, the country would be acting against its best interests because erasing such a valued community would eliminate major contributions to our economy.

StartOut’s The State of LGBT Entrepreneurship in the US report shows that in 2016 there were “over 1 million jobs lost for states unfriendly to the LGBT community.” National job loss to more tolerant countries would worsen without federal protections, including white collar job loss as “trans people are twice as likely to have a degree…than the general population”.

Policy makers, this decision will drive away an active segment of job creators and irrevocably destroy our economy. Today’s its the Trans community, tomorrow one has to ponder who and what is the next community to be marginalized?

Trans, gender non-conforming, and intersex people, you’re safe here, and we’ll fight for you.