Joe Biden makes a pledge to trans people: “I believe that Trans Lives Matter”
The death of Sara Blackwood, in part, spurred former Vice President Joe Biden to speak on the "unacceptable" epidemic of violence facing transgender & gender non-conforming people.
Commentary by Joe Biden
October 18, 2020
Violence against transgender and gender non-conforming people, particularly Black and Brown transgender women, is an epidemic that needs national leadership.
So far this year, the Human Rights Campaign has tracked 33 transgender or gender non-conforming people who have been violently killed, including the tragic shooting of Sara Blackwood earlier this week in Indiana. This is the highest number on record with more than two months left in the year, and the vast majority are Black and Brown transgender women. It’s unacceptable.
These deaths don’t exist within a vacuum. Dehumanizing government actions and rhetoric as well as a failure to address risk factors like domestic and intimate partner violence, underemployment and unemployment and poverty, housing insecurity and health disparities, put this community at risk.
As President, I will put forward comprehensive solutions to help empower the transgender and gender non-conforming community and prioritize the prosecution of anti-transgender violence. My administration will enact the Equality Act to end legal discrimination against LGBTQ+ people, expand economic opportunities for LGBTQ+ people, reform our treatment of transgender and gender non-conforming individuals in our criminal justice system, ensure access to accurate identification documents, and improve government data collection to better track violence against the transgender community.
I believe that Trans Lives Matter and, as president, I will fight on behalf of every vulnerable person in this country.
Trump has said this also when he was on the campaign but once he was elected his true colors came out and judging Biden on when he was Vice President he supported Obama’s LGBTQ+ policies.
Our very life and well being depends on the outcome of this election. VOTE!