Inaugural Day is a day in which we celebrate all the amazing things we are, all the things we love, and the people who love us.
The events we have chosen to celebrate will be shaped by the people in power, not by those in the shadows.
We have come together to make sure we all have the opportunities to be who we are in a way that’s truly inclusive of all of our identities and differences.
That means embracing all of the issues that we care about, from healthcare to education, and even our families and friends.
As President-elect Donald Trump’s transition team prepares to assume office, we want to see it represented in ways that honor the contributions of all Americans, and that reflect the diversity of our nation.
And we have been working to create policies that reflect our country’s diverse communities.
The first of these policies will be an effort to support transgender Americans in their transition to the workplace, which is one of the most important jobs in the world.
The Obama Administration made a historic and historic step toward ending discrimination against transgender people and their families, by requiring companies to include gender identity in their nondiscrimination policies.
President-Elect Donald Trump has promised to rescind the guidance and to restore protections for transgender workers.
But there is more to be done.
The Trump Administration will not change the existing laws, including Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964, which prohibits employment discrimination based on gender identity or expression.
The law does not mandate that employers include gender transition in their policies, so we must ensure that employers have the tools and the tools to protect transgender workers, including in their workplace.
We also will work with Congress to pass the Equality Act, which will ensure that transgender people, including transgender women, have the same rights and protections as everyone else.
We will ensure equal treatment of all people, and will continue to fight for the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act, the law that denies federal benefits to same-sex couples.
We believe in equal protection under the law and will fight to ensure that the LGBT community can live free from discrimination in every corner of our society, including employment, housing, health care, education, access to credit, and access to voting.
Transgender people are among our most vulnerable communities.
As a result of our discrimination and harassment, transgender people are more than seven times as likely as the general population to experience violence and physical violence at the hands of their partners, their family members, or friends.
This includes intimate partner homicide, stalking, physical and sexual violence, stalking and harassment of their children, and rape.
Trans people face higher rates of mental health and substance abuse disorders than the general public.
And transgender people experience significant rates of suicide.
This is why transgender people have been at the forefront of the fight to end transphobia and other forms of discrimination.
We know that many transgender people struggle with depression and anxiety, and many struggle to find jobs, housing and health care.
And trans people are also at heightened risk of violence and suicide.
But the Trump Administration’s announcement that it will no longer enforce federal protections for trans people is just the latest example of the Administration’s continued failure to listen to trans people.
Trans women are at the highest risk of HIV and other STIs.
We must address the epidemic of HIV in transgender people.
The Department of Health and Human Services will lead the effort to expand access to HIV testing and treatment, and to provide more resources and services to transgender people living with HIV.
And the Trump Transition Team will ensure the federal government is working to provide all transgender people with the support they need to live their lives in the way that is most in keeping with their gender identity.
We cannot let this Administration, with its discriminatory, hateful rhetoric and policies, ignore the voices of trans people who face discrimination and violence every day.
This Administration has a history of ignoring the needs of the LGBT and transgender community, and it’s a record that will be difficult for this Administration to turn around.
In the coming months, we will be working with Congress and the President- Elect’s transition teams to ensure transgender rights are fully included in our transition policies.
We urge you to contact your representatives in Congress, and ask them to support legislation that protects transgender people from discrimination and puts in place protections for them.
This article is part of a series on transgender people in the US, and is available here.
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