WASHINGTON D.C.— Congressman Eliot L. Engel, a member of the House LGBT Equality Caucus, today marked Transgender Day of Remembrance, a day to reflect on those lost to violence and bigotry, with the following statement:
“Too often, transgender individuals face discrimination and violence, simply because of their identity. Reflecting on their struggle, and remembering the lives of those who have been killed due to bigotry and hatred, is what Transgender Day of Remembrance is all about.
“Not only have we seen an increase in hate crimes this year, but 2017 also marks the deadliest year on record for the transgender community. So far, at least 25 transgender people have been murdered in the United States: Mesha Caldwell, Sean Hake, Jamie Lee Wounded Arrow, JoJo Striker, Tiara Richmond, also known as Keke Collier, Chyna Doll Dupree; Jaquarrius Holland; Alphonza Watson; Chay Reed; Bostick; Sherrell Faulkner; Kenne McFadden; Kendra Marie Adams also known as Josie Berrios; Ava Le'Ray Barrin, Ebony Morgan, TeeTee Dangerfield, Gwynevere River Song, Kiwi Herring, Kashmire Nazier Redd, Derricka Banner, Scout Schultz, Ally Steinfeld, Stephanie Montez, Ciara McElveen, and Candace Towns.
“This brutality must end. That’s why Congress must pass the Equality Act to guarantee protections for LGBT people under federal law. I stand with the transgender community and I remain committed to working for the rights and safety of all Americans.”
Please note this statement was originally published on November 20, 2017 by Congressman Engel’s House of Representative’s office and posted to this website no sooner than 72 hours after initial publication.