President Joe Biden on Monday expressed his profound dismay over the violent deaths suffered by transgender individuals in the US this year. According to the Human Rights Campaign, there have been at least 26 such fatalities, though some assessments suggest the figure could be over 300, with the majority being women of color.
In a heartfelt statement commemorating the Transgender Day of Remembrance, President Biden condemned the violence and emphasized the higher, potentially unreported, number of victims. He underscored his administration’s commitment to the rights and safety of transgender and all LGBTQI+ Americans.
The Biden administration has been proactive in advocating for transgender rights, notably reversing a military ban on transgender individuals serving openly and initiating a program to deliver safety resources to the LGBTQI+ community.
The President’s remarks arrive at a time when numerous state legislatures, predominantly under Republican leadership, have enacted restrictions on gender-affirming surgeries and related healthcare services. The American Civil Liberties Union has tracked over 100 legislative proposals in 2023 that it deems “anti-trans.”
In defiance of these state actions, President Biden enacted an executive order last year aimed at broadening access to transgender healthcare and halting funding for “conversion therapy,” a practice widely discredited by medical professionals.
Biden’s message was a call to action, urging the nation to vocally reject hate and to pledge an unwavering commitment to the pursuit of a society where discrimination has no place, and every individual can live without fear of persecution.