FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
WASHINGTON, D.C. – EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, recognizes Transgender Day of Remembrance, an annual day to honor those who have lost their lives to anti-transgender violence. EMILYs List Interim President Jessica Mackler released the following statement:
“Today, on Transgender Day of Remembrance, we remember the lives we have lost as a result of anti-transgender violence. Transgender people, especially transgender women of color, are disproportionately affected by violence and hate for living as their true selves. Today, we honor their memory and push back against anti-LGBTQ+ violence. We also celebrate the power of representation, and the transgender candidates running to represent their community at a time when anti-transgender violence makes living authentically an act of resistance.
“EMILYs List proudly endorses candidates who stand against Republican-led anti-LGBTQ+ legislation. We are proud to support candidates such as Virginia state Sen.-elect Danica Roem, the first out trangender person ever to be elected and serve in a state legislature. And state Sen. Sarah McBride, who made history as the first openly transgender state senator in the country, and is running to make history again as the first openly transgender member of Congress. EMILYs List looks forward to continuing to celebrate these groundbreakers who have chosen to run, win, and change the world for not only their constituents, but other transgender individuals who feel the power of community in increased representation at every level of government.”
EMILYs List, the nation’s largest resource for women in politics, works to elect Democratic pro-choice women up and down the ballot and across the country with a goal of fighting for our rights and our communities. Our work is centered around a fundamental vision: Run. Win. Change the World. EMILYs List has raised $850 million in service to that vision and has helped Democratic women win competitive elections by recruiting and training candidates, supporting and helping build strong campaigns, researching the issues that impact women and families, running one of the largest independent expenditure operations for Democrats, and turning out women voters to the polls. Since our founding in 1985, we have helped elect the country’s first woman as vice president, 175 women to the House, 26 to the Senate, 20 governors, and over 1,500 women to state and local office. More than 40% of the candidates EMILYs List has helped elect to Congress have been women of color. Visit www.emilyslist.org for more information.