State Dept. Marks ‘Transgender Day of Remembrance’

By Melanie Arter | November 20, 2017 | 5:21pm EST
Harper Jean Tobin from the National Center for Transgender Equality (left) interviewed by the State Department's Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor (Screenshot of State Department video)

(CNSNews.com) - The State Department on Monday commemorated Transgender Day of Remembrance, honoring transgenders who died through “acts of violence.”

“On Transgender Day of Remembrance, the United States honors the memory of the many transgender individuals who have lost their lives to acts of violence,” Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said in a statement.

“Transgender individuals and their advocates, along with lesbian, gay, bisexual and intersex persons, are facing increasing physical attacks and arbitrary arrests in many parts of the world. Often these attacks are perpetrated by government officials, undermining the rule of law,” Tillerson added.

He said “transgender person should not be subjected to violence or discrimination, and the human rights they share with all persons should be respected.”

Tillerson said the U.S. is “ committed to advancing the human rights and fundamental freedoms of all persons.”

The State Department website also posted a Facebook video of the State Department’s Bureau of Democracy, Human Rights and Labor’s interview with Harper Jean Tobin from the National Center for Transgender Equality about “her experience as a transgender advocate, the challenges and opportunities confronting the Transgender community, and how individuals, allies, and advocates can support tolerance, diversity and LGBTI equality.”

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