Rep. Ayanna Pressley (D-Mass.) honored the lives of 46 transgender and non-binary people killed this year, in a speech on the House floor ahead of Transgender Day of Remembrance, which is recognized on Nov. 20.
Pressley was joined by other House members, including Democratic Reps. Marie Newman (Ill.), David Cicilline (R.I.), Mark Takano (Calif.), Sara Jacobs (Calif.) and Al Green (Texas), who each gave speeches to acknowledge the issue of violence against transgender people as part of a special order on Wednesday.
“The cruelty of transphobia is a threat that we must confront and root out wherever it exists,” Pressley said. “Whether in music, or on television, or in the hallowed halls of the nation’s capitol. There is no place for hatred because someone is brave enough to show up exactly as they are, and to live their truth.”