Senator Kamala Harris became the latest presidential candidate to speak up for transgender rights at the first-ever presidential election forum focused on the rights, experiences, and voices of the transgender community.
Senator Harris on the need to support transgender survivors of crime:
“When I was district attorney of San Francisco, I started at least a first in California–maybe the first in the nation–victims’ assistance program for members of the trans community. There’s so much about when somebody has been assaulted or has been victimized in any way that prevents them from coming forward if they feel they’re going to be judged or harshly judged. And I know this is true. So I created this division when I was elected in 2003 and staffed it with members of the trans community to make sure that, that people who had suffered wrongdoing knew that there was a safe place for them to go where they would not be judged, where they would be treated with dignity, and where we would then make sure that they received equal rights under the law.”