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The White House has announced the formation of a comprehensive working group to address safety, economic opportunity, and inclusion for transgender people. The initiative, unveiled on the last day of Pride Month, is the first of its kind to devote federal resources toward advancing rights for trans Americans.
The Interagency Working Group on Safety, Inclusion, and Opportunity for Transgender Americans will bring together representatives from across the federal government, including the Departments of Justice, Housing and Urban Development, Health and Human Services, Education, Homeland Security, Labor, Interior, Veterans Affairs, and Defense.
The news comes shortly after the Biden administration announced it would reverse Trump-era policies that disproportionately impacted transgender Americans, including measures that restricted access to health care and housing.
“Transgender people, and particularly Black and Latina transgender women, face discrimination, harassment and, too often, violence as they go about their day-to-day lives. They are stigmatized, marginalized and criminalized in our country,” Rodrigo Heng-Lehtinen, deputy executive director for the National Center for Transgender Equality (NCTE), said regarding the formation of the working group, in a press release.
“Ending this violence and protecting trans lives requires a system-wide approach that takes on the interlocking forces of racism and transphobia,” Heng-Lehtinen continued. “President Biden’s initiative is a major step forward in the systemic reform that’s necessary for transgender Americans to live openly and safely.”
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Published:Jul 1, 2021 at 12:00 PM