Human Rights Campaign Applauds Biden Administration for its Continued Support of LGBTQ+ Americans Amid Unprecedented Threats

by Cullen Peele

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.

President Biden and Vice President Harris have long been strong champions for LGBTQ+ equality, and today’s announcement couldn’t come at a more critical moment — as the LGBTQ+ community faces increased hostility and imminent threats to our health and safety. We appreciate the president exercising his authority to bolster and strengthen efforts to secure the safety, well-being, and freedoms of LGBTQ+ people — especially transgender and nonbinary youth who are being maliciously singled out and targeted by extremist politicians across the country. America promises freedom and that goes for everyone. LGBTQ+ families and young transgender people deserve the same basic protections as everyone else -- to live their lives with safety, privacy, and dignity.

In the current state of emergency the full force of our federal government should be part of the solution — and more needs to be done. We call on the administration to double down on their support for LGBTQ+ families and to work with leaders in every level of government to fight for a day when LGBTQ+ young people have the same opportunity as every other kid in this country.

As we celebrate the resiliency, determination and beauty of our community this month, the Human Rights Campaign will continue to work with this pro-equality administration and send a clear message that LGBTQ+ Americans have always existed and will not be going anywhere.”

Kelley Robinson, Human Rights Campaign President

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.

Full review of the announcement can be found here. Human Rights Campaign’s “Blueprint for LGBTQ+ Equality Under Biden” can also be found on the HRC website.

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