Pelosi Statement on Transgender Day of Remembrance

Nov 20, 2019
Press Release

Contact: Speaker’s Press Office,

Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi released this statement in honor of Transgender Day of Remembrance:

“On Transgender Day of Remembrance, we mourn for all the brave transgender individuals who have suffered violence, bullying and discrimination or have been murdered for living as their true selves.  These courageous individuals are our friends and loved ones, neighbors and colleagues and they deserve our admiration, respect and protection. 

“Sadly, since Day One, the Trump Administration has inflicted a shocking, hateful anti-LGBTQ agenda on America that undermines our founding promise of equality.  Under the leadership of Chairman Joe Kennedy and the Transgender Equality Task Force, the Democratic House is standing strong against these heartbreaking attacks, particularly those waged against transgender women of color, who suffer a disproportionately high rate of homelessness, drug addiction, HIV, sexual assault and murder.  Democrats are proud to protect and honor the service of our brave transgender servicemembers, in stark contrast to a cruel Administration that works relentlessly to humiliate the heroes who stepped forward to serve and protect our nation.  And this year, House Democrats took bold action to finally, fully end discrimination against all LGBTQ Americans by passing the historic Equality Act.  

“This Transgender Day of Remembrance, Democrats honor the transgender individuals we have lost, and continue to fight to ensure that every transgender American can live free from fear and violence.  Today and on all days, we reaffirm our bedrock value that everyone is entitled to the right to life, liberty and happiness, regardless of who they are or whom they love.”

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