Biden mourns loss of transgender Americans who died by violence in 2021
President Biden released a statement Saturday mourning the loss of more than 40 transgender Americans who died by violence in 2021.
“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 said.
According to LGBT advocacy group the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), 47 transgender individuals have been killed in 2021 by violent means, surpassing the record number of 44 deaths in 2020.
Black transgender women made up many of the deaths in 2021.
“Transgender people are some of the bravest Americans I know. But no person should have to be brave just to live in safety and dignity. Today, we remember. Tomorrow—and every day—we must continue to act,” Biden said.
Biden also called on states to cease “bullying disguised as legislation,” saying state legislatures are putting transgender children in danger.
Several states have introduced or passed legislation that blocks gender confirmation treatment for transgender youth such as puberty blockers. Some of the bills also ban gender confirmation surgery for children.
In addition, Republican-controlled states such as Florida have passed bills that bar transgender girls from participating on sports teams that correspond with their gender identity. Proponents of the legislation argue that they are protecting cisgender women and girls.
“To ensure that our government protects the civil rights of transgender Americans, I charged my team with coordinating across the federal government to address the epidemic of violence and advance equality for transgender people,” Biden said.
“I also continue to urge the Senate to swiftly pass the Equality Act so that all people are able to live free from fear and discrimination,” he added.
At the start of Biden’s term, his administration touted a diverse Cabinet, and LGBT advocates have previously supported the president, stating that the Biden-Harris ticket was “the most pro-equality” in history.
Secretary of Transportation Pete Buttigieg was the first openly LGBT person to be confirmed by the Senate this year.
In addition, Department of Health and Human Services Assistant Secretary for Health Rachel Levine was the first openly transgender official to be confirmed by the Senate.
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