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Kamala Harris: ‘I Have a Longstanding Commitment to Fighting for the Rights of Transgender People’

By CNSNews.com Staff | August 12, 2020 | 1:32pm EDT
(Gabrielle Lurie/The San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images)
(Gabrielle Lurie/The San Francisco Chronicle via Getty Images)

Sen. Kamala Harris (D.-Calif.) said in an interview with the National Center for Transgender Equality Action Fund that was posted on YouTube on Oct. 18, 2019 that she has “a longstanding commitment to fighting for the rights of transgender people.”

The host, Mara Keisling asked Harris: “Why should transgender people vote for you?”

“Because I have a longstanding commitment to fighting for the rights of transgender people, for the dignity of transgender people,” Harris responded.

“I have a longstanding awareness based on my experience in the community of knowing the lives that people are living every day—that are burdened with fear, that are burdened with unequal access to everything from employment, to a response from law enforcement, to access to health care, to access to housing,” Harris said. “I mean, it covers the gambit.”

“And I am fully aware of it,” Harris said. “And, again, this is not new to me.

“That’s why way back when, with the power that I had, I used it in a way that was about pushing forward the movement, quite frankly, and the agenda,” she said.

Here is a transcript from the part of Harris' interview with the National Center for Transgender Equality Action Fund where she talked about her "longstanding commitment to fighting for the rights of transgender people:"

Mara Keisling: “Now, this is a very broad question for you, but I think it’s the most important question. Why should transgender people vote for you?”

Kamala Harris: “Because I have a longstanding commitment to fighting for the rights of transgender people, for the dignity of transgender people. I have a longstanding awareness based on my experience in the community of knowing the lives that people are living every day—that are burdened with fear, that are burdened with unequal access to everything from employment, to a response from law enforcement, to access to health care, to access to housing. I mean, it covers the gambit. And I am fully aware of it. And, again, this is not new to me. That’s why way back when, with the power that I had, I used it in a way that was about pushing forward the movement, quite frankly and the agenda."

 

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