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Spike Cohen: “We must stand up for the transgender community and end the violence and murders against them.”

Spike Cohen: “We must stand up for the transgender community and end the violence and murders against them.”

The year 2020 will be remembered for a global pandemic. It will be remembered for people standing up and marching against racism and police brutality. It will be known for economic uncertainty, a presidential election and so much more. The year 2020 will also be known as one of the most violent years in US history for Transgender people.

The number of trans people murdered in 2020 just surpassed the total for last year. It’s only been seven months.

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The unprecedented assault of the rights of trans individuals by the current administration has created an atmosphere of fear, ignorance, and hatred of transgender individuals. In 2020 We have seen 28 trans murders in the first seven months of the year, surpassing totals of 2019. These murders have increased in brutality, and during a global pandemic, show just how far people are willing to go to brutalize the transgender community.

Far too often, people will say Trans Rights are Human Rights, and the typical reply from many is “don’t trans people have the same rights as we do” or “why should trans people get special rights.”

Let's make something very clear; Trans people DON'T have the same rights as you have. If you are a cisgender person in America, you don’t have to worry about being murdered for being cisgender.

Transgender people are facing increasing discrimination from our current administration, being stripped of access to shelters, being stripped of access to medical insurance and healthcare. If you are transgender in the United States, you can be denied housing, denied shelter, and denied healthcare service all because you exist and dare be who you are.

The rhetoric that is constantly spread about the trans community is leading to hatred and violence at epidemic proportions.

Nobody should be murdered simply for existing, and yet here in the United States of America, the country founded on the idea that all people are created equal, and that liberty and justice are for all, we are watching the beginnings of genocide against the Transgender community.

It’s time for the people of the United States to stand up against trans violence, to recognize that Trans Lives Matter and that Trans Rights are human rights.

Transgender people don’t want special rights, they just want to live and participate in society like everyone else, and the only ask is that you treat them with the same dignity and respect as you would any other human being.

This shouldn’t be difficult, yet here we are at a crossroads.

Do we stand up and fight for the rights of all the people, or do we continue to ignore this situation and allow transgender people to be erased from history?

Now is a time where we must come together as a people and say this is not okay.

Now is the time we must stand up for the transgender community and end the violence and murders against them.

Now is our chance to live up to the ideals of our nation and prove that liberty and justice are for everyone, especially those most vulnerable.

-Spike Cohen 2020 Libertarian Vice Presidential Candidate