Statement from State Health Commissioner Dr. Mary T. Bassett in Observance of Transgender Day of Remembrance on Nov. 20

ALBANY, N.Y. (November 18, 2022) - “Each November 20th we honor transgender people who lost their lives to violence and discrimination. There were 32 transgender people killed in the United States this past year alone. Members of the transgender community too often feel the need to hide their identity over fear of physical violence and psychological trauma. They experience discrimination in the workplace, in their schools and communities, and even at the doctor’s office.

On Sunday, the transgender pride flag's colors of pink, white, and light blue will illuminate landmarks across New York State to serve as a sign of support, love and hope.

And it gives me hope to see the great strides we’ve made to protect the rights of transgender people and ensure access to health care through the many efforts of the Department of Health, our community partners, and Governor Hochul who continues to be a strong advocate for the LGBTQ+ community. I also want to thank the Governor for declaring November as New York’s Transgender Awareness Month.

While we’ve made meaningful progress, our work to build a more inclusive, gender-affirming New York is far from done. Our State Health Department will continue to be a voice of support through poignant and inclusive policies, and open dialogue. Hateful ideologies have no place in New York, and I will strive to ensure everyone can embrace their full, authentic selves, however they self-identify.”