Max Wants a President Who Will Protect Transgender Rights

In 2018, at least 28 transgender or nonconforming people died in the United States due to violence. The majority were Black transgender women.

In 2019, at least 25 were fatally shot or killed by other violent means. 91% were Black women. 81% were under the age of 30.

And as of August 2020, at least 26 have been fatally shot or killed by other violent means, topping last year’s total in just seven months.

Do you see a pattern?

Max does. Max is a queer rights and environmental activist who believes in the equality of all people regardless of race and gender.

“Transgender women of color are killed every single day without media coverage,” says Max. They are being killed “without a president who will fight for them and their lives.”

Since 45 took office, there has been an avalanche of actions taken against transgender rights and protections. In July, the Department of Housing and Urban Development reversed a rule that protected transgender people from discrimination by homeless shelters. In June, the Department of Health and Human Services finished a rollback of healthcare discrimination rules, removing protections for transgender people in health care settings. And in May, the Department of Education formally encouraged schools to dramatically weaken protections for student survivors of sexual violence and harassment.

And that’s only the last few months.

Max wants a president who will support transgender soldiers, a president who will fight for equal pay for women—a president who “is going to listen to our voices and stand up and fight alongside us.”

Last year, 45 enacted a brutally cruel new policy for transgender troops in the U.S. military: stick to your biological sex. No transitioning allowed.

“45 has failed us,” Max says. “We need to do better.”