Dr. Jill Biden visited an LGBTQ health center and HIV/AIDS clinic on her third day as First Lady.
Friday afternoon Biden visited Whitman-Walker Health in Washington, DC,
“to highlight and promote support services for cancer patients and caregivers, and hear about the impact of COVID on access to health care, including cancer screenings and prevention efforts”.
The mission of the health center, which is beloved by the LGBTQ community in DC, is
“to offer affirming community-based health and wellness services to all with a special expertise in LGBTQ and HIV care”.
Founded in 1978, the center was one of the first organizations to respond the AIDS epidemic in DC.
LGBTQ activist Charlotte Clymer wrote on Twitter:
“Today, in the afternoon, First Lady Dr Jill Biden is visiting DC’s beloved Whitman-Walker Health, which specialises in LGBT+ health care. It hasn’t even been 72 hours since the inauguration. The level of care and empathy for LGBT+ people under this White House is immediate.”
Democrat Danica Roem, who was the first trans person elected to a US state legislature in 2017, wrote,
“The Whitman-Walker Elizabeth Taylor center on 14th Street is absolutely wonderful.
I went there for the TransLaw Clinic in 2015 when I needed legal help for for my name change, new passport, etc. TransLaw paid for everything. It was the only part of my transition that was free.
Praises for Whitman-Walker aside, I have to send just as much love to Dr Jill Biden, one of our fabulous Northern Virginia Community College professors and a true champion for making the United States a more inclusive country.
I just adore her.”
After four years of you-know-who’s anti-LGBTQ policies (plus a homophobe for a VP and a do-nothing FLOTUS) the community is thrilled but finding this new attitude hard to process.
One Twitter user wrote,
“Pinch me. I keep expecting to wake up.”
I hear that. The fight continues but for now, the Trump nightmare is over and a new inclusive, caring First Lady is on the job.
.@FLOTUS will tour Whitman-Walker Health in Washington, D.C., tomorrow. Whitman-Walker offers affirming community-based health with a special expertise in LGBTQ and HIV care. pic.twitter.com/fARk2saqoE— GLAAD (@glaad) January 22, 2021
Praises for Whitman-Walker aside, I have to send just as much love to @DrBiden, one of our fabulous Northern Virginia Community College professors and a true champion for making the United States a more inclusive country. I just adore her. pic.twitter.com/gEtFtItU4u— Del. Danica Roem (@pwcdanica) January 22, 2021
(Photo, The White House; via Pink News)