Biden: Transgender Discrimination Is ‘Civil Rights Issue of Our Time’
Tuesday, 30 Oct 2012
Vice President Joe Biden, in an exchange with a woman in Sarasota,
Fla., called transgender discrimination the “civil rights issue of our
time,” Politico reported.
Biden notably came out in favor of same sex marriage before President
Barack Obama did earlier in the year. Last month, he met with
up-and-coming lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender leaders from
around the country at his home in Washington.
Biden, who was on his way out of an Obama campaign office, spoke to a
woman who he said had beautiful eyes and had a brief exchange with
A reporter covering Biden noted that the woman said something
inaudible to the vice president, to which he responded, the "civil
rights issue of our time."
The woman was later asked about the exchange. Linda Carragher Bourne
of Sarasota said her daughter was Miss Trans New England and asked if
Biden would help them.
"A lot of my friends are being killed, and they don't have the civil
rights yet. These guys are gonna make it happen," she said.
In August, Biden told gay supporters in Provincetown, Mass., “Many of
you have advanced civil rights at great expense,” he said. “If I had
to use one adjective to describe this community it’d be courage. You
have summoned the courage to speak out, to come out. We owe you.”
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