In a press statement released yesterday, Antony J. Blinken, Secretary of State, highlighted the importance of Transgender Day of Remembrance, a day dedicated to honoring transgender, non-binary, and gender non-conforming individuals who have lost their lives due to targeted violence and discrimination.
“Each year on November 20, the world recognizes Transgender Day of Remembrance – a day to commemorate the transgender, non-binary, and gender non-conforming persons who are targeted and killed for living authentically and courageously,” Blinken stated.
Highlighting the global presence of transgender individuals, Blinken emphasized that they are an integral part of every country, culture, and faith tradition. He stressed the need to honor Transgender Day of Remembrance as a way to affirm the humanity and human rights of transgender persons worldwide.
Tragically, transgender individuals face alarmingly high levels of homicide and assault, with their families and loved ones often denied justice. Blinken urged countries around the world to prioritize thorough investigations into every hate crime committed against transgender individuals.
“This year, we re-commit ourselves to ensuring acceptance and support for transgender, non-binary, and gender non-conforming persons,” Blinken said. He emphasized that it is the responsibility of every individual to ensure that transgender individuals can lead lives filled with dignity, free from violence and harm.
The Secretary of State concluded the statement by pledging the United States’ commitment to raising awareness and taking action to address transphobic violence and homicide. “Until then, we will continue to speak loudly and clearly to end transphobic violence and homicide,” he affirmed.
As Transgender Day of Remembrance is observed globally, it serves as a reminder of the ongoing struggle faced by transgender individuals and the urgent need for societies to work towards creating a safer and more inclusive world for all.