Newry and Armagh MLA Megan Fearon has said members of the transgender community should be free to live free from intimidation and harassment.
Speaking after attending an event to mark the Transgender Day of Remembrance in Newry, the Sinn Fein MLA said she was proud to be there and to “stand in solidarity” with the transgender community.
“Members of the trans community make a positive contribution to the cultural diversity in our society and that should celebrated,” she said.
“Unfortunately, however, the trans community still experiences intolerance, discrimination and, on occasions, physical attacks.
“Last year 31 crimes against members of the trans community were reported to the PSNI. That is totally unacceptable.
“We are working every day to create a society where everyone, regardless of their gender identity, feels safe and is treated with equality.”
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