President BidenJoe Biden Pennsylvania Republican Party-controlled Senate to Spend Up to 0K on Election Inquiry Biden’s Choice for Arizona US Attorney Confirmed by Senate Overnight Health Care – Presented by Emergent Biosolutions – Boosters for All MORE threw a statement Saturday mourning the loss of more than 40 transgender Americans who died from violence in 2021.
“Today, on Transgender Remembrance Day, we mourn those we lost in the deadliest year on record for transgender Americans, as well as countless other transgender people, disproportionately black and brown transgender women and girls, who face brutal violence, discrimination and harassment. ”Biden said.
LGBT advocacy group the Human Rights Campaign (HRC) found 47 transgender people have been murdered in 2021 by violent means, surpassing the record number of 44 deaths in 2020.
Black transgender women accounted for 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, ”said Biden.
Biden also called on states to stop “harassment disguised as legislation,” saying state legislatures are putting transgender children at risk.
Several states have introduced or passed laws that block gender-affirming treatment for transgender youth, such as puberty blockers, which medical professionals have confirmed to be reversible. Some of the bills also prohibit gender-affirming surgery for children.
Additionally, Republican-controlled states like Florida have passed bills that prohibit transgender girls from participating in sports teams that match 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 tasked my team with coordinating across the federal government to address the epidemic of violence and promote equality for transgender people,” Biden said.
“I also continue to urge the Senate to quickly pass the Equality Act so that all people can live free from fear and discrimination,” he added.
Early in his tenure, the Biden administration touted a diverse cabinet, and LGBT advocates have previously supported the president by claiming that the Biden-Harris ticket was “the most pro-equality” in history.
Secretary of transport Pete buttigiegPete ButtigiegScott Says He Will Block Nominees Until Biden Officials Testify On Supply Chain Crisis Airline Industry Union Leaders Call For No Fly List For Unruly Passengers Democrats Question Whether Biden Will Really Run in 2024 MORE he was the first openly LGBT person to be confirmed by the Senate this year.
In addition, the undersecretary of health of the Department of Health and Human Services Rachel levine he was the first openly transgender official to be confirmed by the Senate.