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Booker: ‘We Do Not Talk Enough About Trans Americans, Especially African-American Trans Americans’

Craig Bannister
By Craig Bannister | June 26, 2019 | 10:59 PM EDT

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Stopping violence against African-Americans, in general, isn’t enough, because Americans need to specifically address the concerns of transgender African-Americans, Sen. Cory Booker (D-N.J.) said during Wednesday night’s Democrat U.S. presidential debate.

Supporting the Equality Act isn’t enough, either, because transgender African-American children especially vulnerable to bullying and some are even afraid to go to school, Booker said:

"Look, civil rights is someplace to begin, but in the African-American civil rights community, another place of focus, was to stop the lynching of African-Americans. We do not talk enough about Trans Americans, Especially African-American Trans Americans. And the incredibly high rate of murder right now. We don't talk enough about how many children, about 30% of LGBTQ kids, who do not go to school because of fear. It's not enough just to be on the Equality Act. I'm an original co-sponsor. We need to have a president that will fight to protect LGBTQ Americans every single day from violence."

 

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