Statement on Transgender Day of Remembrance
Alderwoman JoCasta Zamarripa November 20, 2020
Today we recognize Transgender Day of Remembrance across the country to honor the memory of the transgender people whose lives were lost in acts of anti-transgender violence. As we continue to fight for equality for all people, it is vitally important that those we lose are remembered and that we remain vigilant in our calls for justice.
There are many simple ways in which to support the transgender community on this day of remembrance and awareness, such as taking a moment to learn proper pronoun usage, or listening to stories of those impacted by anti-transgender violence. These small steps can go a long way toward making our world a more inclusive place for everyone.
In Wisconsin I also co-authored Assembly Bill 319, which would prohibit discrimination on the basis of a person’s gender identity or gender expression while also adding sexual orientation and gender identity or gender expression as bases of discrimination in certain other laws prohibiting discrimination.
It is long overdue that trans people, and the entire LGBTQ community, are afforded these protections, and I will keep using my platform to advocate for these rights.