Thousands of scientists have drafted and signed onto an open letter, intended for the administration of President Donald Trump, urging officials to recognized gender as a spectrum, not a binary set of traits.
The letter, signed by 1,624 scientists (including eight Nobel laureates), urges lawmakers broadly in Washington to dismiss efforts by the Trump administration to set gender definitions based on genetics and a person’s genitals.
“This proposal is fundamentally inconsistent not only with science, but also with ethical practices, human rights, and basic dignity,” the scientists wrote in their letter.
They added that the “proposal is in no way ‘grounded in science’ as the administration claims.”
The policy seeks to “erase the identities” of transgender or intersex individuals, the scientists claimed. They further explained that gender or sex is not as simple as male or female.