A few excerpts from this marvelous speech are below.
On Tuesday night, Nov. 15, Department of Housing and Urban Development Secretary addressed the eighth anniversary National Center for Transgender Equality awards ceremony. The event, held at the Mayflower Hotel, drew a crowd that included many notable D.C. LGBT politicos and, according to NCTE, marked the first time a cabinet secretary addressed a transgender organization.
In opening his remarks, Donovan told the crowd, “It is a very special honor to be the first cabinet secretary to address the National Center for Transgender Equality — but I also want to be very clear that I will not be the last.”
“But I’m here this evening because this Administration is not only committed to ensuring the transgender community has a seat at the table — but also a place to call home,” he said. “Every person in this room knows that rights most people take for granted are routinely violated against transgender people. It’s estimated that one in five transgender Americans have been refused a home or apartment — that more than one in 10 have been evicted because of their gender identity or expression.”
“Allowing this to happen is wrong — and more importantly, it’s not who we are as Americans.”
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