WASHINGTON, D.C., March 15, 2017Today, the National LGBTQ Task Force is joining LGBTQ advocates in a National Day of Action to End Violence Against Transgender Women of Color. Since the beginning of the year, seven transgender women of color have been murdered across the country. In Washington, D.C. and elsewhere, hate crimes targeting transgender women have skyrocketed since the election of Donald Trump.
"Over 55 transgender and gender non-conforming people have been murdered since the start of 2015, the vast majority of whom were transgender women of color, and there seems to be no end in sight. We are in the midst of a national epidemic of violence targeting transgender women, and instead of using every tool in their power to end it, the Trump administration is spewing hate, intolerance, and discrimination. We must honor the lives of transgender women of color who've been murdered and we must continue the resistance against Trump's agenda," said Victoria Rodriguez-Roldan, Trans/Gender Non-Conforming Justice Project Director, National LGBTQ Task Force.
WHAT: Day of Action to End Violence Against Transgender Women of Color
WHEN: Tonight, Wednesday, March 15, 2017 at 6 p.m. — 8 p.m.
WHERE: Freedom Plaza, 14th St. & Pennsylvania Ave. N.W., Washington, D.C.
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