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American News Jun 2, 2022 3:05 AM EST

Biden issues 'proclamation' for 'lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex' Pride Month

"I call upon the people of the United States to recognize the achievements of the LGBTQI+ community, to celebrate the great diversity of the American people, and to wave their flags of pride high."

Biden issues 'proclamation' for 'lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, and intersex' Pride Month
Nick Monroe Cleveland, Ohio

The Biden administration marked the start of June by saying their progressive White House stands firm against "anti-LGBTQI+ legislation" being passed by other states. These include laws prohibiting the medicalized gender transition of minors, the application of prostate cancer drugs to halt the puberty of healthy children, and the breast removals of pubescent girls.

In an official statement, the Biden administration said:

"During Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex (LGBTQI+) Pride Month, we reflect on the progress we have made as a Nation in the fight for justice, inclusion, and equality while reaffirming our commitment to do more to support LGBTQI+ rights at home and abroad.  I often say that America can be defined by one word:  possibilities.  This month, we celebrate generations of LGBTQI+ people who have fought to make the possibilities of our Nation real for every American."

Biden claimed that "the rights of LGBTQI+ Americans are under relentless attack.  Members of the LGBTQI+ community — especially people of color and trans people — continue to face discrimination and cruel, persistent efforts to undermine their human rights.  An onslaught of dangerous anti-LGBTQI+ legislation has been introduced and passed in States across the country, targeting transgender children and their parents and interfering with their access to health care.  These unconscionable attacks have left countless LGBTQI+ families in fear and pain.  All of this compounded has been especially difficult on LGBTQI+ youth, 45 percent of whom seriously considered attempting suicide in the last year — a devastating reality that our Nation must work urgently to address."

"This month, we remind the LGBTQI+ community that they are loved and cherished.  My Administration sees you for who you are — deserving of dignity, respect, and support.  As I said in my State of the Union Address — especially to our younger transgender Americans — I will always have your back as your President so that you can be yourself and reach your God-given potential.  Today and every day, my Administration stands with every LGBTQI+ American in the ongoing struggle against intolerance, discrimination, and injustice.  We condemn the dangerous State laws and bills that target LGBTQI+ youth.  And we remain steadfast in our commitment to helping LGBTQI+ people in America and around the world live free from violence.

"Since my first day in office, I have taken historic action to ensure that everyone — no matter who they are or whom they love — has an equal place in our democracy.  I signed a landmark Executive Order charging the Federal Government with preventing and combating discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity.  This includes non?discrimination protections for LGBTQI+ Americans in housing, health care, education, employment, credit and lending services, and the criminal justice system.  My Administration has expanded access to inclusive passports for transgender Americans and instituted reforms to the traveler screening process at United States airports.  We are supporting the open service for patriotic transgender military members and providing better services for LGBTQI+ veterans.  I am honored by the service of the first openly gay Cabinet Secretary and the first transgender person confirmed by the Senate and to have been able to establish the first White House Gender Policy Council.

"But there is more work to be done.  That is why I continue to call on the Congress to pass the Equality Act, which will enshrine long overdue civil rights protections and build a better future for all LGBTQI+ Americans.  We must also fight for LGBTQI+ seniors so that they can age with dignity.  And we must confront the disproportionate levels of poverty, homelessness, and unemployment in the LGBTQI+ community.

"This month, we honor the resilience of LGBTQI+ people, who are fighting to live authentically and freely.  We reaffirm our belief that LGBTQI+ rights are human rights.  And we recommit to delivering protections, safety, and equality to LGBTQI+ families so that everyone can realize the full promise of America.

"NOW, THEREFORE, I, JOSEPH R. BIDEN JR., President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim June 2022 as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex Pride Month.  I call upon the people of the United States to recognize the achievements of the LGBTQI+ community, to celebrate the great diversity of the American people, and to wave their flags of pride high."

What the White House is referring to is, in part, the passage of bills across several US states that bars biological men from playing in women’s sporting events. Much of it spurred on in the wake of controversial swimmer Lia Thomas dominating against competitors.

In both Indiana’s, Kentucky’s, Utah’s cases, the votes of the legislature were able to override the Governor vetoes against bills that banned biological males competing in girls’ sports. Arizona and Oklahoma approved similar bills earlier this year, as well as South Carolina.

The response to bills in states like Arizona and Oklahoma had the White House standing in favor of transgender surgeries for minors and let biological men play in women’s sports.

That same Executive Order signed by Biden on his first day in office was cited by the USDA when prepping for their upcoming enforcement of transgender-friendly bathrooms in public schools. The White House’s scheme would see that federal funding is tied through the introduction of genderless bathrooms. Biden also reminded readers of the protections he grants for transgenders in the military.

Biden touted the "openly gay" Pete Buttigieg as Cabinet Secretary and transgendered Rachel Levine as the Assistant Secretary for Health, and their confirmations by the Senate, as advancements of the current administration.

But it was Trump's former acting director of US National Intelligence, Richard Grenell, that was the first openly gay cabinet member.

Biden then asked Congress to pass the Equality Act sitting on the Senate Judiciary Committee, that would amend the Civil Rights Act of 1964 to include sexual orientation and gender identity, on top of the factors of race, color, religion, sex, or national origin originally described by the bill.

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