Nov. 20 (UPI) — President-elect Joe Biden promised to finish violence and discrimination in opposition to transgender and gender-non-confirming individuals in an announcement recognizing Transgender Day of Remembrance on Friday.

“On Transgender Day of Remembrance, we honor their lives — and recommit to the work that continues to be to make sure that each transgender and gender-non-conforming individual in America has the chance to reside authentically, earn a dwelling wage, and be handled with dignity and respect of their communities and workplaces,” an announcement by Biden mentioned.

“As a part of our remembrance, we should work to finish the epidemic of violence and discrimination in opposition to transgender and gender-nonconforming People and by no means repeat it.”

This yr marks the 21st annual TDoR, based by transgender activist Gwendolyn Smith to acknowledge the loss of life of Rita Hester. It honors the reminiscence of these killed in anti-transgender violence.

Not less than 37 transgender and gender-non-conforming individuals have died by violence this yr, most of whom had been Black or Latinx, based on the Human Rights Marketing campaign. The group mentioned it is the very best annual quantity at this level within the yr because it started monitoring the deaths in 2013.

“These victims had been killed by acquaintances, companions or strangers, a few of whom have been arrested and charged, whereas others have but to be recognized,” the HRC mentioned. “A few of these instances contain clear anti-transgender bias. In others, the sufferer’s transgender standing might have put them in danger in different methods, similar to forcing them into unemployment, poverty, homelessness and/or survival intercourse work.”

Biden mentioned that beginning on Inauguration Day, he plans to struggle for transgender rights. In an October city corridor he promised to reverse President Donald Trump’s govt order banning transgender individuals from serving within the navy.

“Transgender rights are human rights,” Biden mentioned Friday.