WASHINGTON – On Sunday, The New York Times reported that the Department of Health and Human Services is leading an effort to establish a government-wide legal definition of sex under Title IX as an objective, biological reality, reversing direction from the previous administration’s embrace of subjective “gender identity.”

Terry Schilling, executive director at American Principles Project, released the following statement applauding the news:

“Sex is a biological reality, and maintaining distinctions between men and women will ensure the dignity, equality, and safety of both.

“The Department of Health and Human Services is blazing a clear trail for the other agencies and, ultimately, Congress to follow. The idea that one’s sex is a choice, completely unrelated to biology, is ideology masquerading as science.

“President Obama used his last year in office to unilaterally push the radical concept of ‘gender identity’ trumping biological sex into American schools, hospitals, courtrooms, and workplaces. Now President Trump and his administration are simply reversing this radical course of action and mitigating the incalculable harm it caused.

“We urge the other departments to follow the lead of HHS, but more importantly we urge Congress to take up the issue. The Civil Rights Uniformity Act (H.R. 2796) would provide a legislative shield against radical progressive ideologues like President Obama and ensure that our Civil Rights law is interpreted exactly the way Congress meant it to be when it was originally enacted.”

To schedule an interview with Terry Schilling, contact Paul Dupont at (o) 202-503-2010 or pdupont@americanprinciplesproject.org.