Kerry: 'We all must do more to protect transgender persons'

Kerry: 'We all must do more to protect transgender persons'
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Secretary of State John KerryJohn Forbes KerryTrump puts the cart before the horse in Palestine John Kerry: Play based on Mueller report is 'an act of public service' Will we ever have another veteran as president? MORE on Sunday honored the memory of transgender people who have lost their lives due to "senseless acts of violence."


"Transgender persons around the world are targeted by rising levels of violence fueled by hatred and bigotry," Kerry said in a statement for Transgender Day of Remembrance.

"This is a global challenge and we all must do more to protect transgender persons on the basis of equality and dignity."

Kerry said the U.S. Constitution provides everyone equal protection.

"Around the world human rights and fundamental freedoms are recognized in the Universal Declaration of Human Rights, which states that every person is born free and equal in dignity and rights," he added.

He noted that includes transgender men and women, and those who "face marginalization on account of their gender expression or gender identity."

"Today we stand in solidarity with the incredible resilience and leadership of the transgender community in responding to stigma and marginalization," he said.

"Transgender persons deepen our diversity, broaden our communities, and strengthen the values we cherish. When all persons reach their full human potential, free from fear, intimidation, and violence, nations become more just, secure and prosperous."

Kerry said the U.S. is committed to advancing the "human rights of all persons."

"On this Transgender Day of Remembrance, we reaffirm equality for all as part of our core constitutional principles and as a human rights priority of U.S. diplomacy.