President Joe Biden released a statement Friday celebrating Transgender Day of Visibility and applauding the courage of trans people in the face of threats from “MAGA extremists” who advocate “hateful and extreme state laws.”
Biden also took the opportunity to highlight how these persistent attacks are exacerbating the nation’s mental health crisis, particularly acute among trans youth.
“On Transgender Day of Visibility, we celebrate the strength, joy and sheer courage of some of the bravest people I know,” Biden said. “Transgender Americans deserve to be safe and supported in every community – but today, across our country, MAGA extremists are advancing hundreds of hateful and extreme state laws that target transgender children and their families. »
Noting that more than half of transgender youth report having seriously considered suicide, the president also announced a program to add dedicated LGBTQ+ counselors to the National Suicide Prevention and Crisis Hotline.
Trans young people who need help can dial 988 to reach the hotline and press “3” to speak with one of the trained professionals.
“We will never stop working to create a world where everyone can live without fear,” Biden continued. “Where parents, teachers and entire communities come together to support children, whatever their identity; and every child is surrounded by compassion and love.
“I want every member of the trans community to know that we see you. You are each created in the image of God and deserve love, dignity and respect. You make America stronger and we stand with you.
This is a syndicated version of an article originally published on HuffPost.
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