LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus Chair Cicilline Marks Transgender Day of Remembrance 2021

Congressman David N. Cicilline (RI-01), Chair of the LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus, released the following statement marking Transgender Day of Remembrance 2021, which will be observed on November 20, 2021.
 
“2021 marks an alarming milestone: the deadliest year on record for transgender and gender non-conforming individuals.
 
“This epidemic of violence particularly affects transgender women of color – specifically Black and Latinx transgender women – who make up more than three quarters of the 47 recorded violent deaths this year. Sadly, we believe that this number is actually higher, as violent deaths of transgender and gender non-conforming individuals too often go underreported. Each of these deaths is unacceptable, and we must act to end this violence.
 
“The right to live freely, without fear of persecution or discrimination, is one that every person needs and deserves. The Equality Act adds sexual orientation and gender identity as protected classes through existing civil rights law, ensuring that the transgender community would have the same protections as everyone else. We’ve already passed this crucial bill in the House and I call on my colleagues in the Senate to do the same.
 
“This Transgender Day of Remembrance must serve as a call to action, and one that inspires us all to show solidarity with the trans community. Trans individuals like Marsha P. Johnson, Sylvia Rivera, and Miss Major Griffin-Gracy have done the work to bring injustices against the LGBTQ+ community to light all while disproportionately bearing the brunt of violence, abuse, and even death.
 
“It cannot continue. We must not let it continue.
 
“As we remember all the trans individuals whose lives were cut way too short this year, we honor their legacy by continuing the fight to ensure that all people – regardless of gender – are treated equally and justly in this country.”
 
On Wednesday evening, the LGBTQ+ Equality Caucus hosted a special order in the House of the Representatives in recognition of Transgender Day of Remembrance. You can watch Chair Cicilline’s full speech here.
 

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