Texas Democrats Celebrate Trans Day of Remembrance
AUSTIN, Texas – Texas Democratic Party Co-Executive Director Jamarr Brown made the following statement on Trans Day of Remembrance:
“Today we stop to uplift the memory of the too many transgender Americans whose lives have been taken because of hate. And every day, we stand in solidarity with trans people across Texas – and work to rid our state of the injustice, inequalities and violence that continue to plague our trans communities.
“This year, the Trans Day of Remembrance comes with a scary statistic. 2021 was the deadliest year on record for the trans community – with the lives of 45 people killed in hate crimes against trans Americans. It is devastating. It’s horrifying that in 2021, trans Americans still face astronomical rates of hate crime and violence – with the worst rates among trans people of color. My thoughts are with all of those who mourn their loved ones today. And I’m incredibly grateful to the trans activists and advocates who, despite all of this, continue to lead the fight for change – with vision, resilience, and an amazing heart.
“We should have got past that. Yet this year, Greg Abbott and the Texas Republicans have done everything in their power to make life more difficult and dangerous for trans Texans – including with their cruel and shameful bill prohibiting trans children from doing anything. of sport in teams that correspond to their gender identity. When politicians push trans people aside and undermine trans rights, it directly leads to more transphobia and stigma, worse health and economic outcomes for trans Texans, and tragedies like the ones we mourn today. ‘hui. Due to the Republicans’ all-out assault on trans Texans, the Trevor Project reported Mental health crisis rates skyrocket among transgender children – with LGBTQ + phone calls from Texas youth up 150% from 2020. No governor should twist politics to attack people. Greg Abbott must answer for the unacceptable attacks trans Texans face.
“To trans and non-binary Texans everywhere: we see you. We love you. You make our state beautiful. And know that so many of us are supporting you. We will continue to fight with you for the future we know is possible – a Texas where all of us are safe and free to thrive. Y’all means everything.