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Rashida Tlaib Addresses Creating Change Conference

Congresswoman on Trans Women of Color: 'We Have to End the Silence'

BTL Staff
By | 2019-01-30T14:51:14-04:00 January 30th, 2019|Michigan, News|

Congresswoman Rashida Tlaib addressed the National LGBTQ Task Force’s Creating Change conference on Saturday, Jan. 26. Tlaib kicked off her remarks by stating, “Welcome to the most beautiful, blackest city in the country, the city of Detroit.
Discussing her work in Congress, Tlaib told conference attendees she had joined the Congressional Equality Caucus.
“I want you all to know that it’s not just about legislation for me. It really isn’t. I’m an organizer, community member and activist first. We have to make sure that we are lifting up the need for everyone to live their lives without systematic barriers rooted in bigotry and racism. We have to rid this society of oppressive ideals. We have to fight against transphobia, homophobia, racism, anti-blackness, islamophobia, xenophobia, anti-Semitism, sexism — you name it. Because we know that these things are intertwined, they are so connected. We know that those that advance hate, they are trying to deny it for all of us, they are trying to deny all of our existence.”
Tlaib added, “We know how this hate has led to trans women of color being harmed and killed. Not having many in public service speak out about it, is not the way, we have to speak out about it. We have to end the silence.”
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