For Immediate Release
March 31, 2022
EMILYs List Honors Transgender Day of Visibility
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, Laphonza Butler, president of EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, released a statement honoring International Transgender Day of Visibility:
“Today, we celebrate transgender and nonbinary communities, recognizing both their innumerable contributions to our society as well as the grave injustices they face. We honor their activism and resilience, and condemn the violent anti-trans bigotry that has necessitated this response. As Republicans across the country continue to introduce legislation that targets and denies the rights of members of the transgender community, we are reminded of the importance of defending the right to bodily autonomy. We remain committed to ensuring that every person can access the reproductive health care they need.
“We are proud to have supported Democratic pro-choice transgender women in their candidacies, recognizing that transgender people are too often excluded from the halls of power in this country. These women are distinguished leaders on issues ranging from civil rights to education, and more. EMILYs List is committed to standing with the transgender community in our collective efforts to secure bodily autonomy, reproductive health care access, and representation.”
EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, has raised over $700 million to elect Democratic pro-choice women candidates. With a grassroots community of over five million members, EMILY's List helps Democratic women win competitive campaigns – across the country and up and down the ballot – by recruiting and training candidates, supporting and helping build strong campaigns, researching the issues that impact women and families, running nearly $50 million in independent expenditures in the last cycle alone, and turning out women voters and voters of color to the polls. Since our founding in 1985, we have helped elect the country's first woman as vice president, 159 women to the House, 26 to the Senate, 16 governors, and more than 1,300 women to state and local office. More than 40% of the candidates EMILYs List has helped elect to Congress have been women of color. After the 2016 election, more than 60,000 women reached out to EMILY's List about running for office laying the groundwork for the next decade of candidates for local, state, and national offices. In our effort to elect more women in offices across the country, we have created our Run to Win program, expanded our training program, including a Training Center online, and trained thousands of women.