President Biden issued a solemn statement Saturday to mark “Transgender Day of Remembrance.”
“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,” Biden said.
“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,” Biden added.
The president also urged lawmakers to pass the long-stalled Equality Act that would amend the 1964 Civil Rights act to formally prohibit discrimination