marking national coming out dayPresident Biden on Monday called on state lawmakers to defeat anti-LGBTQ bills and for Congress to pass the Equality Act.
running news: In the first quarter of this year, Republicans in at least 25 states introduced more anti-trans bills than the total number introduced throughout 2020.
what is he saying: “Despite the extraordinary progress our country has made, our work to ensure the full promise of equality is not yet complete. LGBTQ+ bills are still circulating in state legislatures,” Biden said in a statement.
- “We must stand together against these acts of hate, and to defend the rights, opportunities, physical safety and mental health of LGBTQ+ people everywhere,” he said.
- “From defeating discriminatory bills to passing the Equality Act, we have more work to do to ensure that every American can live free of fear, oppression, and discrimination because of who they are or who they love.”
big picture: The Equality Act, which has already been passed by the House, would expand federal protections for LGBTQ people by prohibiting discrimination based on gender identity and sexual orientation.
Bottom-line: “Today and every day, I want every member of the LGBTQ+ community to know that you are loved and accepted just as you are – whether you came out or not,” Biden said.
go in: 2021 sees record number of bills targeting trans youth