Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis has said she is proud of the contributions of transgender people working at the U.S. Department of Labor.

Solis on Friday issued a statement commemorating the 13th annual Transgender Day of Remembrance, which takes place on Sunday.

“What began as an online project in 1999 to memorialize the murder of a transgender person will this year include hundreds of vigils and events throughout the country and around the world. I hope that this year’s commemoration will serve as an opportunity to shine a brighter light on both progress made and the challenges ahead.”

“I am proud to say that the Department of Labor this year joined other executive branch agencies in updating its policy on equal employment opportunity and its policy on harassing conduct in the workplace to specifically prohibit discrimination on the basis of gender identity. And I am also proud that transgender individuals serve openly at the U.S. Department of Labor.”

“On this day of remembrance, as we pause to reflect on the lives that have been lost, we renew our commitment to an America that celebrates and values every person.”

Under Solis' tenure, the Department of Labor added gender identity to its non-discrimination policy. And Solis appeared in an It Gets Better video in April. (The video is embedded in the right panel of this page. Visit our video library for more videos.)