Ms. Foundation for Women on Transgender Day of Remembrance: “We stand with the transgender community against any and all attacks on their livelihood.”
NEW YORK (November 20, 2018) – Ms. Foundation for Women President and CEO Teresa C. Younger released the following statement on Transgender Day of Remembrance:
“On this Transgender Day of Remembrance, we remember those we have lost to the violent repercussions of transphobic bigotry and hatred.
“Last year, at least 29 transgender people were killed, the most ever recorded, and 22 more people have been murdered so far this year. The violent impact of these attacks is compounded by systematic discrimination that disproportionately affects transgender women and girls of color — depriving them of employment, housing, and healthcare.
“Just recently, the Trump administration proposed damaging policies that would attempt to erase transgender identity, prohibit transgender people from serving openly in the military and subject them to unconscionable physical violations.
“It is critical that our fight for change begins at the intersection of racism, sexism, homophobia and transphobia. Every day, our grantees are on the ground, working across those interconnected issues to elevate the voices of women and girls, and fighting to ensure that those of us who need to be heard the most can have a seat at the table.
“We stand with the transgender community against any attacks on their livelihood. The Ms. Foundation for Women and our grantee-partners refuse to go back, and we will leave no one behind in our fight for justice and equality.”
For over 40 years, the Ms. Foundation for Women has worked to build women’s collective power in the U.S. to advance equity and justice for all. The Ms. Foundation invests in, and strengthens the capacity of women led movements to advance meaningful social, cultural, and economic change in the lives of women. With equity and inclusion as the cornerstones of true democracy, the Ms. Foundation works to create a world in which the worth and dignity of every person are valued, and power and possibility are not limited by gender, race, class, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability or age.