Statement by OutRight Executive Director Jessica Stern on Transgender Day of Remembrance

“As we mark Transgender Day of Remembrance we must heed the lessons of history, which demand that we confront bigotry under all circumstances, everywhere. We must join together and say: No more targeted discrimination; no more violence and no more hate against people who are transgender and gender non-conforming.

We must stand together and speak out against hate, intolerance, violence and killings.

The twin evils of prejudice and hate are not unique to particular countries or regions, but a widespread affliction. To fight both, and the violence they ignite, all of us-- lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and our allies-- must speak out. Otherwise, we will forever find a fundamental obstacle in our struggle for legal and social equality across the world.

I am convinced we can inspire a groundswell of pressure to reverse attacks on individuals’ understanding of gender. Today, I join all allies in remembering our trans brothers and sisters and standing up for universal human rights for everyone, everywhere.

Join me in saying: No more.