I Am 44: Ermiya F., Midvale

“There is a lot on the line for me this upcoming November as a young trans woman of color, I have a lot of concerns around my safety when it comes to school, certain laws that are going to be introduced, certain statutes that are going to be introduced around my identity and protections as a trans person.

I am a student in this country that lacks common sense gun laws… I certainly do not feel safe in our schools and I think I speak for my fellow students when I say that. The high murder rate for trans women of color in this country… In 2018, 18 trans women of color have been murdered, and that’s because there’s no federal protections and no strong state protections that prevent these murders, that actually protect us a minority group. I am in this constant state of fear due to the experiences of my fellow students and my fellow community members.

And in order for me to really feel secure, and to really feel represented in our state legislature is to get a representative that can actually listen to me, and actually cares about my concerns and my democratic values, and I know that Andrew will do exactly that.”