WASHINGTON, D.C. — Today, the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ+) civil rights organization, applauded President Biden’s announcement today that the administration will roll out a series of actions to protect the rights, safety, and dignity of the LGBTQ+ community. The announcement comes at a critical moment, just two days after HRC declared a state of emergency for LGBTQ+ people — the first time in HRC’s more than 40 year history — following an unprecedented and dangerous spike in anti-LGBTQ+ legislation sweeping through state houses this year. So far in 2023, more than 525 anti-LGBTQ+ bills have been introduced in 41 states, with 78 bills enacted into law as of June 7 — more than double the number of bills enacted last year.
The initiatives released today, which especially protect LGBTQ+ youth, include efforts to ensure that queer and trans foster youth, who are overrepresented in the child welfare system, have access to safe and affirming placement options. Other promises include improved mental health services for all LGBTQ+ youth. along with efforts to shield them and their families from discrimination in human services programs. The announcement also addresses hate-fueled violence, strengthens efforts to report hate crimes, and aims to tackle nationwide efforts to ban or restrict LGBTQ+ affirming literature as well.
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