The Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus has formally declared the creation a Transgender Equality Task Force, chaired by Rep. Mike Honda (D-Silicon Valley).
“This week, as we seek to raise awareness of the issues facing the trans community, it is important to renew our commitment to help trans individuals be free of the fear of violence or bullying just for being who they are,” said Representative Honda. “It is my hope that by launching this workforce and holding a first-ever forum, we will reach some of my colleagues and encourage them to stand with the trans community. It is only through social change that we can truly elevate the conversation in this country and reach a place of true understanding and embrace all people for who they are.”
The new Congressional Transgender Equality Task Force will strive to ensure equal access and treatment under the law for every American, regardless of gender identity. Members include Rep. Mike Quigley (IL-5), Del. Eleanor Holmes Norton (DC-AL), and Rep. Bonnie Watson Coleman (NJ-12).
“To this day, transgender people face formidable barriers in employment, housing, health, education, and other areas,” said Victoria Rodriguez-Roldan, Trans/Gender Non-Confirming Justice Project Director. “And to end the ongoing violence and discrimination transgender people experience, we need everyone’s help and support.”
“We’re elated to see the formation of the Congressional Transgender Equality Task Force. We thank the LGBTQ Equality Caucus for their ongoing efforts to advance legislation that extends critical protections to LGBTQ people.”