Senator Elizabeth Warren was the penultimate speaker at Friday night’s forum focused on LGBTQ issues, and took the stage with a powerful opening statement.
What We Know:
- The forum began with an opening question from moderator Lyz Lenz. “If elected President, what should LGBTQ Americans expected from the first 100 days in office?”
- Warren replied, “I’m not going to tell you, I’m going to show you.”
- Warren took out a pink slip of paper and began to carefully pronounce the names of 18 transgender women of color who have been killed so far this year. Warren stated, “It is time for a President of the United States of American to say their names.”
- The crowd agreed with Sen. Warren as they honored her in standing ovation.
- According to MSN, “The transgender community faces a staggering rate of discrimination, poverty and homelessness. Trans women of color particular are at steep risk of marginalization, violence and erasure.”
- At least 18 transgender people have been killed this year, according to the Human Rights Campaign. The group tracked 29 killings in 2018 which is more than has ever been recorded in a year, stated MSN.
Sen. Warren is here to protect trans women of color. Whose side are you on?