Biden Marks Transgender Day Of Remembrance: 'No Place For Hate In America'
Nov 20, 2023, 03:27 PM EST
President Joe Biden commemorated Transgender Day of Remembrance on Monday by pointing out how imperative it is for Americans to fight against transgender discrimination.
There is no place for hate in America and no one should be discriminated against simply for being themselves, Biden said in a statement, adding that at least 26 transgender Americans were killed in the past year.
Its difficult to track trans killings because many victims are misgendered, and some cases are misreported or unreported, according to the Human Rights Campaign. Of the available data, Black trans women are the primary targets of fatal anti-trans violence, according to HRC, which declared a national state of emergency this year in response to the scores of proposed anti-LGBTQ bills across the nation.
This year, 586 anti-transgender bills were proposed across 49 states. Eighty-five have passed, 125 have been rejected and 376 are still active, according to the Trans Legislation Tracker. This is an increase from 2022, which saw 176 proposed bills, 26 of which had passed, the tracker reported. Many of the bills attack gender-affirming care, drag shows, books that have LGBTQ themes and trans student athletes.
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Link to White House statement - https://www.whitehouse.gov/briefing-room/statements-releases/2022/11/20/statement-by-president-joe-biden-on-transgender-day-of-remembrance/
November 20, 2022
Statement by President Joe Biden on Transgender Day of Remembrance
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There is no place for violence, hatred, and bigotry in America. Yet, tragically, as last nights attack in Colorado Springs reminds us, too many LGBTQI+ people in the United Statesand around the worldcontinue to face unconscionable attacks. This is especially true for transgender Americans. On Transgender Day of Remembrance, we honor the 32 transgender Americans known to have been taken from us this year by horrific acts of brutality. The true toll is likely much higher, with Black and brown transgender women disproportionately targeted.
In the face of this ongoing assault, my Administration remains deeply committed to strengthening the rights of LGBTQI+ Americans, including transgender Americans. Since taking office, we have made it possible for transgender service members to once again serve proudly and openly in our military, improved the travel experience for transgender Americans, and provided resources to support the mental health of transgender kids and their families. Ive directed my team to coordinate across the federal government to combat violence against transgender people and advance equality. I continue to urge state leaders to combat the disturbing wave of discriminatory state laws targeting young transgender Americanslegislation that hurts young people who arent hurting anyone. With Congress poised to pass the bipartisan Respect For Marriage Act, I also reiterate my call for them to likewise pass the Equality Act and provide long overdue protections to transgender and all LGBTQI+ Americans.
This is a matter of safety and basic dignity. As we mourn the lives weve lost, let us resolve to continue building a country where every American can live free from fear and discrimination.
family to have his wonderful presidency; kind, considerate, caring!
I will never understand that level of hate.
Look, I don't understand feeling like you should be the opposite sex but I surely don't hate those who do. They don't mean anybody else harm.
I just don't get the hate.
And Joe Biden is proof that we have come so far....
Love that you posted this. I have seen what my trans friends have endured over the years, yet they find a way to keep smiling somehow. We will not let the haters erase them.