Via press release from the White House:
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.
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.
In spite of our progress strengthening civil rights for LGBTQI+ Americans, too many transgender people still live in fear and face systemic barriers to freedom and equality.
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.
I continue to call on state leaders and lawmakers to combat the disturbing proliferation of discriminatory state legislation targeting transgender people, especially transgender children.
As I have said before, these bills are nothing more than bullying disguised as legislation, they are un-American, and they endanger the safety and well-being of our children.
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.
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 mourns loss of more than 40 transgender Americans that died by violence in 2021 on Transgender Day of Remembrance https://t.co/ubASc2tYBj pic.twitter.com/XNwVMtwZiU
— The Hill (@thehill) November 20, 2021
Biden marked Transgender Day of Remembrance today and mourned “those we lost in the deadliest year on record for transgender Americans,” according to a statement.https://t.co/ccrllWdVRI
— Axios (@axios) November 20, 2021
President Biden marks “deadliest year on record for transgender Americans” on day of remembrance https://t.co/t4cXpfAFv1
— CNN (@CNN) November 20, 2021