Rep. Cisneros Honors Individuals and Constituents on Transgender Day of Remembrance

November 20, 2019
Press Release

WASHINGTON, DC –  Representative Gilbert R. Cisneros, Jr. (CA-39) spoke on the House Floor in recognition of Transgender Day of Remembrance. Rep. Cisneros honored the memory of individuals lost to violence and recognized a constituent who has been an advocate for the transgender community. As a member of the House Armed Services Committee, Rep. Cisneros has been fighting against the President’s discriminatory transgender service ban, securing amendments to the House-approved FY 2020 Defense Appropriations Act and FY 2020 National Defense Authorization Act to prohibit its implementation. He also joined his colleagues in introducing the SERVE (Securing the Rights our Veterans have Earned) Act of 2019 to guarantee protections for our nation’s active-duty transgender servicemembers discharged from the Armed Forces.

Rep. Cisneros’s remarks as delivered are below:

“Madam Speaker, I rise today in anticipation of Transgender Remembrance Day to honor the memory of all those who have been lost to anti-transgender violence.

“It’s important that we recognize the bravery of those individuals who have chosen to live truthfully and openly and embrace their gender identity with the world.

“We must raise up the names and remember those who have been lost to senseless violence and hate.

“We must shine a light on the injustice that has affected this community.

“I am proud to have a transgender woman as part of my staff.  

“I would also like to recognize the Shah family from my district. Priya and Jaspret Shah are the parents of a brave little transgender girl. 

“Together they have advocated for not only their daughter, but for the entire transgender community.

“Priya has also come to the forefront of the Human Rights Campaign’s national program to make schools safe spaces for transgender children.

“We must continue to stand in solidarity with Shah family, their daughter and the entire transgender community.  And continue to work toward equality and justice for all.

“Thank you, Madam Speaker, and I yield back the balance of my time.”