Breaking: Biden Issues Pride Month EO in Support of LGBTQ AmericansJune 15, 2022 • 1:00 pm
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today President Biden issued a sweeping executive order in support of LGBTQ people who have faced record-setting attacks on the state level this year particularly in access to medical care and support at school for transgender youth. The order directs agencies including the Department of Justice, Department of Education, and Department of Human Services to provide model policies and guidance, and take historic new steps to protect and support members of the community.
The President is also renewing his call on Congress to pass the Equality Act and codify overdue nondiscrimination protections for LGBTQI+ people into federal law.
Brandie Balken, executive director of Freedom for All Americans, released the following statement in response to the news:
“President Biden’s commitment to ensuring dignity, respect, and equality for LGBTQ Americans is more important than ever as members of our community have faced relentless attacks in states across the country this year. With so many urgent domestic and international priorities to address, we are grateful to President Biden for taking action to address the inequalities that LGBTQ Americans continue to face. The onslaught of attacks demonstrates that discrimination continues to be pervasive against LGBTQ people and must be explicitly addressed. Congress has an opportunity now to send a message of fairness and freedom for all by passing LGBTQ nondiscrimination legislation that makes clear how we all deserve to be treated. We urge members of Congress to enshrine our collective American values into law by working together to offer a bipartisan solution to outlaw LGBTQ discrimination as soon as possible.”