S.S. Kerry: ‘Standing with Trans Community Is First Step in Ensuring They Enjoy Same Freedoms’

By Michael Morris | November 20, 2014 | 5:30pm EST

Secretary of State John Kerry released a press statement today formally remembering “this year’s Transgender Day of Remembrance.”

Yes, you read that right. Founded by Gwendoly Ann Smith, a trans woman, in 1999, is Transgender Day of Remembrance. It occurs annually on November 20.

Secretary of State Kerry had the following to say regarding the Day:

“Today and every day, the United States stands with the LGBTI community and its allies to stop all acts of hate and violence against gender non-conforming people.

“I will never forget standing on the steps of the U.S. Capitol in 1998 to honor Matthew Shepard, a young man killed just because he was gay. His mother, Judy, had a profound lesson for all of us: Loving one another doesn’t require us to compromise our beliefs. Love only demands that we choose compassion over intolerance.

“We have made considerable progress since Matthew Shepard’s murder, but we have a long road still to travel across the globe.

“Today, transgender people are still targeted for violence and harassment at an alarming rate. That’s why standing with the transgender community is the first step in ensuring they enjoy the same freedoms as everyone else.

“In July, President Obama signed an Executive Order prohibiting discrimination against transgender employees in the federal workplace. And in March, the Department of Justice launched a program to train law enforcement to expand their outreach to the transgender community.

“At the State Department, we support all efforts to combat discrimination against transgender persons. Last week, we brought together courageous activists from around the world at the Conference to Advance the Human Rights of and Promote Inclusive Development for LGBTI Persons. We focused on how to stop violence, harassment, and prejudice here in the United States and around the globe.

“To the transgender community, I want all of you to know that the United States stands with you. We embrace diversity and we fight evil, and we work towards a day when no mother anywhere fears the pain of having to mourn a child lost to bigotry and hatred.”

And Secretary of State Kerry is right, at least in part. The United States does “stand with the LGBTI community and its allies to stop all acts of hate and violence against non-conforming people.”

But Secretary of State Kerry, in recognizing and “remembering” Transgender Day of Remembrance, makes two glaring mistakes.

He forgets to mention where “hate and violence against gender non-conforming people” seems to be the greatest. According to a Gallup poll, the United States, while not ranked the highest “good place” for gays, is still relatively high on the list of places that are safe for gays to live, at (70 percent), while nations like Iran and Egypt were “too sensitive [of areas] to [even] ask.”

Secretary of State Kerry’s presser also runs afoul when he says, “That’s why standing with the transgender community is the first step in ensuring they enjoy the same freedoms as everyone else,” because this implies that the transgender community does not already have the same freedoms of others.

And so, while it is important that all Americans “embrace diversity and fight [against] evil,” with regard to protecting the trans community against violence, not all Americans have to agree to “stand with” the Obama administration in their propagandized attempt to condone, on behalf of the entire U.S. population, the trans community’s lifestyle.

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