Today marks the 11th anniversary of the historic signing of the Matthew Shepard and James Byrd, Jr. Hate Crimes Prevention Act. After strong advocacy from Judy and Dennis Shepard and the Human Rights Campaign, the legislation was signed into law in 2009 by the Obama-Biden administration within their first year in office, clearly demonstrating that protecting LGBTQ lives was a major priority. To mark the anniversary, Human Rights Campaign President Alphonso David issued the following statement:
This month, the Human Rights Campaign confirmed the United States has set a new, tragic record of fatal violence against transgender and gender non-conforming people, largely against Black and Brown transgender women, surpassing the record of 31 deaths set in 2017. This makes 2020 the deadliest year on record for transgender people. Despite this, the Trump-Pence administration has not even acknowledged the epidemic of violence. Earlier this month, Joe Biden issued the most comprehensive statement by a presidential nominee in history condemning anti-transgender violence and setting an agenda to combat and reduce violence.
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