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.
The National Center for Transgender Equality Action Fund launched Transform the White House, a digital forum including filmed interviews with presidential candidates, providing a platform for each to discuss how they’ve evolved on the rights of transgender people, the transgender people in their lives, and why they think they’re the best candidate to promote and achieve transgender equality from the Oval Office.
Sen. Harris’ interview can be viewed in full at TransformTheWhiteHouse.org as well as on our YouTube page.
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.”
Previously released participants include Vice President Joe Biden, Senator Cory Booker, Secretary Julián Castro, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Senator Amy Klobuchar, and Senator Bernie Sanders. The full interviews can be viewed at TransformTheWhiteHouse.org. Future interviews will be released as they are completed over the course of the campaign.
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