President Biden on Saturday mourned the loss of transgender Americans to violence and known as on leaders and lawmakers to push again towards a “disturbing proliferation of discriminatory state legislation.”
“This year, at least 46 transgender individuals in this country — and hundreds more around the world — were killed in horrifying acts of violence,” Biden mentioned in a statement honoring Transgender Day of Remembrance. “Each of these lives was precious. Each of them deserved freedom, justice, and joy.”
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“We mourn those we lost in the deadliest year on record for transgender Americans, as well as the countless other transgender people — disproportionately Black and brown transgender women and girls — who face brutal violence, discrimination, and harassment,” the president added.
Biden additionally mentioned he has tasked members of his administration to work with “federal government to address the epidemic of violence and advance equality” for transgender individuals who “live in fear and face systemic barriers to freedom and equality.”
Discussing what he believes to be “discriminatory” state laws towards transgender individuals, particularly transgender youth, Biden concluded that the payments “endanger the safety and well-being of our children.”
“I continue to call on state leaders and lawmakers to combat the disturbing proliferation of discriminatory state legislation targeting transgender people, especially transgender children,” Biden mentioned. “As I have said before, these bills are nothing more than bullying disguised as legislation.”
Biden mentioned “transgender people are some of the bravest Americans” he is aware of.
House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., issued a statement remembering those that “have suffered unthinkable violence or have been brutally murdered simply for who they are.”
“This year in particular, our transgender neighbors and loved ones have endured a heartbreaking and accelerating campaign of violence and persecution: children targeted by a tide of hateful legislation, women of color suffering a spike of horrific attacks,” Pelosi said. “Proudly, Democrats have long stood shoulder to shoulder with LGBTQ activists to advance the cause of full equality for all.”
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