Yesterday I was honored to attend the fourth annual Trans* Equity Summit. This event, unique to Minneapolis, brings together the transgender, gender-nonconforming, and non-binary community and their allies to discuss policy issues and the ongoing work toward equity. Here are the remarks I shared with the Summit:
Thank you all for being here. Thank you all for being champions. Thank you for supporting this Summit, and the work of the Transgender Equity Council. And thank you for inviting me to be share in this space today. I’m honored to be here with you.
As a City government, our first order of business in the time of Trump is to stand firm with, defend, and support our people and our communities who are under attack. This is a responsibility I take seriously, and one I’ve spoken about often.
In my first budget speech in 2014, I spoke about the responsibility to make sure that each and every one of us had true, unfettered opportunities to thrive. That year and every year I’ve invested in making that a reality, regardless of gender identity, race, or income level.
But right now, we’re in a unique and perilous moment. There’s a president in the White House who doesn’t value our diversity, and doesn’t share our values. He’s come after many communities, and the GLBTQ community has been one significant target for attack.