Pelosi: ‘Vulnerable Transgender Children Are Being Targeted by a Disturbing Wave of Hateful Legislation’

By CNSNews.com Staff | June 28, 2021 | 2:58pm EDT
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(Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

(CNSNews.com) - House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D.-Calif.) put out a statement on Saturday to mark the sixth anniversary of the Supreme Court’s Obergefell vs. Hodges decision—which declared there was a constitutional right to same-sex marriage—and used the moment to draw attention to the state laws that are now being passed to deal with issues rising from transgenderism.

“Today, all Americans join the LGBTQ community to celebrate six years since marriage equality was unequivocally declared the law of the land,” said Pelosi. 

“The historic decision in Obergefell v. Hodges transformed the lives of LGBTQ couples around the nation–affirming the right of marriage for all Americans, regardless of who you are or whom you love,” she said. “Indeed, we are endlessly proud that today LGBTQ families can live openly and with dignity in every state in the union, blessing our nation with the beautiful love and devotion they share.”

She then criticized what she called “hateful legislation” being enacted by state legislatures.

“Vulnerable transgender children are being targeted by a disturbing wave of hateful legislation sweeping statehouses across the nation,” Pelosi said. “Transgender women, especially women of color, are experiencing an alarming spike in homelessness, violence and HIV/AIDS. These dark forces are horrific and heartbreaking, and they demand our urgent attention.”

Pelosi said Democrats in Washington are focused on passing the Equality Act and lauded President Joe Biden and Vice President Kamala Harris for what they have done to “protect transgender youth.”

“Democrats in Congress are fully committed to enacting the landmark Equality Act, House-passed legislation that will finally secure vital protections against discrimination for our LGBTQ friends, family and neighbors,” Pelosi said.

“We also salute the bold leadership of President Biden and Vice President Harris, who have taken strong actions to protect transgender youth and combat anti-LGBTQ discrimination in health care,” she said.

The Equality Act would, among other things, codify a right of biological males who identify as females to play on girls’ sports teams and use girls’ locker rooms.

“This bill prohibits discrimination based on sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity in areas including public accommodations and facilities, education, federal funding, employment, housing, credit, and the jury system,” says the official congressional summary of the act. “Specifically, the bill defines and includes sex, sexual orientation, and gender identity among the prohibited categories of discrimination or segregation.

“The bill expands the definition of public accommodations to include places or establishments that provide (1) exhibitions, recreation, exercise, amusement, gatherings, or displays; (2) goods, services, or programs; and (3) transportation services,” says the summary.

Here is the full text of Pelosi’s statement:

Pelosi Statement on 6th Anniversary of Supreme Court Marriage Equality Ruling

June 26, 2021

Press Release

Washington, D.C. – Speaker Nancy Pelosi released the following statement to mark the sixth anniversary of the Supreme Court decision on marriage equality in Obergefell v. Hodges:

“Today, all Americans join the LGBTQ community to celebrate six years since marriage equality was unequivocally declared the law of the land.  The historic decision in Obergefell v. Hodges transformed the lives of LGBTQ couples around the nation – affirming the right of marriage for all Americans, regardless of who you are or whom you love.  Indeed, we are endlessly proud that today LGBTQ families can live openly and with dignity in every state in the union, blessing our nation with the beautiful love and devotion they share.

“Despite this remarkable progress, LGBTQ Americans still face barriers and bigotry in communities around the country.  Many LGBTQ workers are suffering unfair discrimination in the workplace, with little legal recourse to fight back against their employers. Vulnerable transgender children are being targeted by a disturbing wave of hateful legislation sweeping statehouses across the nation. Transgender women, especially women of color, are experiencing an alarming spike in homelessness, violence and HIV/AIDS. These dark forces are horrific and heartbreaking, and they demand our urgent attention.

“Democrats in Congress are fully committed to enacting the landmark Equality Act, House-passed legislation that will finally secure vital protections against discrimination for our LGBTQ friends, family and neighbors. We also salute the bold leadership of President Biden and Vice President Harris, who have taken strong actions to protect transgender youth and combat anti-LGBTQ discrimination in health care. As we commemorate the extraordinary step our nation took six years ago toward our democracy’s founding promise of equality, let us vow to defend these hard-fought rights and advance a more just future for all.”

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