- vows to enact a new law to protect them if elected
Democratic presidential nominee, Joe Biden said President Donald Trump‘s utterances are increasing violence against transgender people in America.
Biden said Trump is “fueling the flames of transphobia” in the country.
The Dems candidate made the statement on Friday, calling into question Trump’s treatment of transgender people under his presidency.
He wrote in a statement, “From banning transgender patriots from serving their country to attempting to limit transgender people’s access to health care in the midst of a pandemic, to literally erasing the word transgender from government websites, President Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence have fueled the flames of transphobia in our nation while refusing to acknowledge the epidemic of violence”.
The Presidential nominee said the country needs to move past this by bringing in a national leader in order to stop the violence.
“These deaths don’t exist within a vacuum,’ Biden said. ‘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”.
He assured that he would enact a new law to protect the LGTBQ community if elected President.
Biden said, “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-nonconforming 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”.
Trump is against the Equality Act, and his administration has overseen a massive rollback of protections for transgender people.
In July 2017, Trump banned transgender from serving in any capacity in the US military.
During an interview at the Townhall with ABC on Thursday, a mother of an 8-year-old transgender girl asked Biden about Trump’s transgender discrimination laws, Biden responded “I will flat out just change the law, eliminate those executive orders. There should be zero discrimination.”
This year alone, at least 33 transgender and gender-nonconforming people have been killed across the country, according to a report by the Human Rights Campaign.
This is the highest number ever recorded by the organization since it started tracking data in 2013.
US election is set to hold on Tuesday, November 3.