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President Biden issues statement for Transgender Day of Remembrance

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President Biden issued a solemn statement Saturday to mark “Transgender Day of Remembrance.”

“This year, at least 46 transgender individuals in this country — and hundreds more around the world — were killed in horrifying acts of violence. Each of these lives was precious. Each of them deserved freedom, justice, and joy,” Biden stated.

“Today, on Transgender Day of Remembrance, 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,” Biden added.

The president additionally urged lawmakers to go the long-stalled Equality Act that will amend the 1964 Civil Rights act to formally prohibit discrimination on the premise of intercourse, sexual orientation and gender identification.

A group of people with trans rights and pride flags.
At least 46 transgender people had been murdered within the US in 2021.
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To mark the day, Biden stated Second Gentleman Douglas Emhoff had hosted a “vigil” within the White House Diplomatic Room and his administration launched a report “highlighting over 45 key, early actions the Biden-Harris Administration is taking to address the root causes of anti-transgender violence, discrimination, and denial of economic opportunity.”

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