President Joe Biden recognized Pride writing in a proclamation declaring June Pride Month,
“During LGBTQ+ Pride Month, we recognize the resilience and determination of the many individuals who are fighting to live freely and authentically.
In doing so, they are opening hearts and minds, and laying the foundation for a more just and equitable America.”
Biden — whose administration has been described by advocates as the most pro-LGBTQ administration in history — recognized the many LGBTQ firsts achieved so far during his presidency. Among those achievements,
- On his first day in office, Biden signed an executive order directing federal agencies to protect LGBTQ people under all federal laws that prohibit discrimination based on sex
- Nearly 14 percent of his 1,500 agency appointees identify as LGBTQ
- Transportation Secretary Pete Buttigieg became the first openly LGBTQ person to serve in the Cabinet
- Assistant Health Secretary Rachel Levine became the first openly transgender person confirmed by the Senate.
- The Department of Housing and Urban Development announced in February that LGBTQ people would be protected from housing discrimination by federal law for the first time in history
- He reversed the Trump administration’s ban on transgender people openly enlisting and serving in the military.
- He introduced a proposal that would’ve allowed health care providers and organizations receiving federal funds to discriminate against transgender people.
- He issued an executive order expanding Title IX to protect LGBTQ students, and particularly trans students, from discrimination.
He wrote in Tuesday’s proclamation.
“For all of our progress, there are many States in which LGBTQ+ individuals still lack protections for fundamental rights and dignity in hospitals, schools, public accommodations, and other spaces.”
…tragic levels of violence against transgender people, especially transgender women of color.”
Biden also acknowledged — for the first time in a statement — the state bills that seek to ban trans student athletes from participating on sports teams that align with their gender, and others that would ban trans minors’ access to transition-related health care.
“Some States have chosen to actively target transgender youth through discriminatory bills that defy our Nation’s values of inclusivity and freedom for all.”
He called on Congress to pass the Equality Act which has been stalled in the Senate since March.
Biden’s proclamation is a departure from the Trump administration’s recognition of Pride Month. Trump’s presidency was the worst for LGBTQ Americans. He acknowledged LGBTQ Pride once in a tweet in June 2019.
Rep. David Cicilline, D-R.I., tweeted a response:
“Nice Tweet. Now, how about telling Mitch McConnell to bring up the Equality Act?”
That same year, the Trump administration rejected requests from U.S. embassies to fly the LGBTQ Pride flag — a move the Biden administration reversed in April.
(via NBC News)