Transgender Legal Defense & Education Fund observes Martin Luther King Jr. Day, a national holiday that honors Dr. King's monumental civil rights leadership.
Statement from TLDEF Executive Director Jillian Weiss
"Today we pay tribute to Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., a towering figure in the struggle to achieve a more equal society for all Americans, regardless of race or economic status. Dr. King's lessons guide us in our pursuit of equality for transgender people, including transgender communities of color who face the worst rates of violence and the largest disparities in employment, health care, education, and access to public accommodations.
In the wake of the abhorrent xenophobic comments attributed to the U.S. President in recent days, Dr. King's message is even more crucial as we navigate this daunting political climate. Our own federal government continues taking cruel actions that put transgender people and other vulnerable communities in harm's way. In the face of this reality, we must follow Dr. King's example by redoubling our efforts to fight discrimination at every turn and never stop pursuing justice. By doing so we carry on his legacy." ... more