Quigley Statement on Transgender Day of Remembrance
WASHINGTON – Today, U.S. Representative Mike Quigley (IL-05), who serves as Vice-Chair of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus and a founding member of the Transgender Equality Task Force, released the following statement to commemorate Transgender Day of Remembrance:
“Today, we reflect upon the bigotry, hate, and violence that has inflicted the transgender community and robbed our world of so many precious lives,” said Rep. Quigley. “While our country has taken significant steps to foster a greater sense of understanding and acceptance, much more work remains to eradicate life-threatening discrimination that is based solely on gender identity and sexual orientation. This day of remembrance is critical in both honoring the victims and furthering our progress to protect the rights and safety of all people—regardless of who they love or who they are. As we mourn the transgender people lost to this senseless epidemic, I pledge to continue my efforts as an ally to the LGBTQ community—not just in public safety, but in employment, education, housing, health care, and all other areas of inequality.”
According to the Human Rights Campaign, 2017 has seen a rise in violence and hate crimes targeted at transgender people in the United States. So far this year, 25 transgender individuals have been killed, the highest number of recorded deaths in a single year. Unfortunately, inaccurate reporting by police and medical examiners suppresses this number and there are undoubtedly many, many more.
As Vice-Chair of the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus and a founding member of the Transgender Equality Task Force, Rep. Quigley has been a strong advocate in the fight for equality. Earlier this year, Rep. Quigley introduced the bipartisan Equality Act to outlaw discrimination against someone based on sexual orientation or gender identity. Following President Trump’s announcement to ban transgender troops from serving in the military, Rep. Quigley spoke out in strong opposition. In 2009, Rep. Quigley was inducted into the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame for his work as a Cook County Commissioner to extend benefits to LGBT employees.