Mass Live: US Rep. Joe Kennedy III reads names of transgender women killed in 2017, pledges to fight for LGBTQ rights

Shannon Young, Mass Live

Pointing to the seven transgender women who were reportedly killed in the first two months of 2017, U.S. Rep. Joe Kennedy III, D-Brookline, pledged Thursday to lead the fight against policies and “hate-inspired violence” that threaten the LGBTQ community.

Kennedy, who will chair the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus’ newly relaunched Transgender Equality Task Force, acknowledged that while the panel has “a rocky road ahead,” the reported killings and recent actions by President Donald Trump’s administration make its work more critical than ever.

“We will fight back against a Justice and an Education Department that turns a blind eye to discrimination in our schools,” he said, referencing the recent rollback of protections for transgender students in schools during a Capitol Hill news conference.

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