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May 14, 2019

White House Endorses Discrimination Against 2 Million Transgender Americans

In a statement to The Washington Blade, the Trump administration expressed its opposition to the Equality Act, a bipartisan bill that would extend civil rights protections to millions of LGBTQ people nationwide. 

The bill is supported by 7 out of 10 Americans across religious, racial, and age demographics. The Equality Act has the strong support of over 200 major employers and was introduced by a bipartisan coalition of over 230 cosponsors in the House of Representatives and 47 co-sponsors in the Senate.

Mara Keisling, executive director of the National Center for Transgender Equality, gave the following statement:

“President Trump’s opposition to this bill is an endorsement of the prejudice, bias, and hatred faced by transgender people across this nation—some of which has been perpetuated by his own administration. It’, of course not surprising that this President opposes a bill that would stymie his administration’s anti-transgender efforts. The Equality Act addresses a crisis of poverty, unemployment, homelessness, and persecution among 2 million transgender people, all of whom want nothing more than to live in a country that recognizes their dignity and their humanity. We will not let a lawless, immoral President stand in our way because we have not come this far to only come this far.”
 

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