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TJFP mentioned in Advocate article, Here’s How the Feds Can Fight Trans Murders

“Last Thursday morning, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi grieved the loss of at least 21 transgender women murdered in the U.S. this year as a result of anti-trans bias.

“We can pass a law, we can help to break down barriers in people’s minds,” said Pelosi at her morning press briefing, according to the Washington Blade. “Now we have to get to their hearts.”obama-franken-pelosi-x750

Her remarks come on the heels of Sen. Al Franken’s letter the previous day to the Department of Justice and the Federal Bureau of Investigation, urging an end to law enforcement’s frequent misgendering of trans murder victims, and an increase in the reporting and tracking of hate crimes against gender-variant people.

The White House also weighed in at an afternoon press conference Thursday. Deputy White House press secretary Eric Schultz offered “thoughts and prayers” for the victims and their families, adding that the White House has no new “legislative or official reviews” on the matter. But, “obviously the president’s record on this is well known,” concluded Schultz.

So now that top officials of the federal government are addressing what advocates are calling an epidemic of transgender murders, beyond prayers and existing legislative measures, what can they do?

Drawing from the valiant efforts of advocates, outreach specialists, policymakers, and government officials, here are two steps that Congress and the White House can take to fight deadly violence against transgender people in the United States.”

View the full artice here and learn more about other trans justice groups and organizations providing research, outreach, education, and advocacy.

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I interrupted Obama because we need to be heard

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Jennicet Gutiérrez challenges Obama calling for an end to deportations.

At yesterday’s White House Pride Reception, activist Jennicet Gutiérrez spoke up and spoke loudly, interrupting President Obama’s speech to call attention the discrimination and violence trans immigrants are experiencing.  Gutiérrez is an undocumented trans Latina leader with FAMILIA TQLM in the campaign for #Not1More lgbtq deportation.  Unwilling to be shushed or silenced, Jennicet Gutiérrez was escorted out of the press conference.

This morning the Washingtonblade.com released an article written by Ms. Gutiérrez.

She writes, “It is heartbreaking to see how raising these issues were received by the president and by those in attendance. In the tradition of how Pride started, I interrupted his speech because it is time for our issues and struggles to be heard. I stood for what is right. Instead of silencing our voices, President Obama can also stand and do the right thing for our immigrant LGBTQ community”.

View the full article here.

Click here for press conference footage and the Democracy Now interview with Gutiérrez.

 

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