Vice President Joe Biden declared that transgender equality is the “civil rights issue of our time” at a campaign field office in Florida on Tuesday.

Biden was responding to a woman who’d explained that her daughter was named Miss Trans New England, and asked if he would help ensure equality for trans people.

From the Huffington Post:

“A lot of my friends are being killed, and they don’t have the civil rights yet. These guys are gonna make it happen,” Bourne told the reporter.

The vice president has been an ally to the LGBT community. He told gay rights advocates in August that they are “freeing the soul of the American people.” Most notably, however, he got out in front of President Barack Obama in May when he unexpectedly announced that he is “absolutely comfortable” with same-sex marriage. Obama, at the time, was still “evolving” on the issue.

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