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October 16, 2004

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HRC Marks Sixth Annual Transgender Day of Remembrance

'As we reflect on the lost lives of our transgender brothers and sisters, we must remain resolute and steadfast in our fight to ensure this violence ends,' said HRC President Cheryl Jacques.

WASHINGTON - Human Rights Campaign President Cheryl Jacques made the following statement today on the sixth annual Transgender Day of Remembrance, Nov. 20, 2004:

"Too many families and friends have mourned a loved one's brutal and senseless murder this past year. As we reflect on the lost lives of our transgender brothers and sisters, we must remain resolute and steadfast in our fight to ensure this violence ends.

"The murders of Brandon Teena and Bella Martinez left deep scars not only on their loved ones but on everyone who saw in them something of themselves. Living with the fear of attack takes the deepest toll one can imagine.

"It's appalling that anybody can feel motivated to harm someone just because of who they are. Until that wrong is righted, America's promises will remain unfulfilled.

"As GLBT Americans and our allies across the nation mark the sixth annual Transgender Day of Remembrance this Saturday, we must commit to do everything within our power to continue educating America about gender identity and expression. We must act as one community in fighting the scourge of hate crimes and reaching out to engage more allies in the fight against them. Our work will not be done and our efforts will not cease until transgender Americans are free from the fear of discrimination and hate violence."

A list of events in honor of the day is available here.

The Human Rights Campaign is the largest national lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender political organization with members throughout the country. It effectively lobbies Congress, provides campaign support and educates the public to ensure that LGBT Americans can be open, honest and safe at home, at work and in the community.

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