The comments made by Jo Swinson, the then Equalities Minister, on 20 November 2012.
Today we honour and remember those brave people who have dared to be themselves and had the courage to stand up and express who they are. Shamefully, transgender people continue to face discrimination and inequality and sometimes even violence here in the UK and abroad. This is simply unacceptable in the twenty first century. Everyone should be treated equally regardless of who they are, and we all have a part to play in working towards a future free from ignorance and prejudice.