Rep. Tlaib: ‘We Have to Fight Against Transphobia, Homophobia, Racism, Anti-Blackness, Islamophobia, Xenophobia, Antisemitism, Sexism--You Name It’

By CNSNews.com Staff | January 28, 2019 | 4:04pm EST
Rep. Rashda Tlaib (Getty Images/Chip Somodevilla)

(CNSNews.com) - Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D.-Mich.) spoke at the National LGBT Task Force’s Creating Change Conference in Detroit on Saturday where she said that transphobia, homophobia, racism, islamophobia, antisemitism and sexism “are intertwined,” according to a video of her remarks posted by the National LGBTQ Task Force.

She also said: “I want you all to know that I will continue to fight for LGBTQ rights in Congress.”

“We have to fight against transphobia, homophobia, racism, anti-blackness, islamophobia, xenophobia, antisemitism, sexism—you name it,” Tlaib said. “Because we know that these things are intertwined. They are so connected. We know that those that advance hate are trying to deny it for all of us, they are trying to deny all of our existence.”

“We have to make sure that every piece of legislation takes into, that is, takes into effect the experiences and needs of our LGBTQ community,” she said.

The video of Tlaib’s remarks can be seen by clicking here. Here is the transcript of an excerpt from her remarks:

“I want you all to know that it’s not just about legislation for me. It really isn’t. I’m an organizer, community member, and activist first. We have to make sure, yes, we have to make sure, that we are lifting up the need for everyone to live their lives without systematic barriers rooted in bigotry and racism. We have to rid this society of oppressive ideals. We have to fight against transphobia, homophobia, racism, anti-blackness, islamophobia, xenophobia, antisemitism, sexism—you name it. Because we know that these things are intertwined. They are so connected. We know that those that advance hate are trying to deny it for all of us, they are trying to deny all of our existence.

“We know that this hate has led to trans women of color being harmed and killed. Not having many in public service speak out about it, is not the way to, we have to speak out about it. We have to end the silence.

“We have to ensure that schools, our communities, our workplaces, our households are safe for everyone.”

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