Biden hosts Pride month amid ‘unconscionable’ state-level attacks

President Joe Biden issued a proclamation on Tuesday welcoming the arrival of LGBTQ Pride Month and celebrating progress toward equality, but also acknowledging some negative trends.

“This month, we remind the LGBTQI+ community that they are loved and cherished” and “deserve dignity, respect and support,” Biden said in the proclamation.

As the president applauded victories “in the fight for justice, inclusion and equality,” including expanded protections against discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, support for members transgender rights and the creation of more inclusive passports, he also noted the “cruel, persistent efforts to undermine human rights in many states.

“A wave of dangerous anti-LGBTQI+ laws have been introduced and passed in states across the country, targeting transgender children and their parents and interfering with their access to health care,” Biden said. “These unconscionable attacks have left countless LGBTQI+ families in fear and pain.”

This legislation includes Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” bill, which Governor Ron DeSantis (R) recently signed into law; an effort in Texas to label gender-affirming treatments as child abuse; barring trans children from receiving medical care in Arkansas; and attacks on trans athletes in many state legislatures.

Citing a 2022 report from The Trevor Project, a nonprofit dedicated to preventing LGBTQ youth suicide, Biden noted that 45% of LGBTQ youth had seriously considered attempting suicide in the past year. – “a devastating reality” deserving of urgent attention, he said.

“This month, we honor the resilience of LGBTQI+ people, who fight to live authentically and freely,” Biden said. “We reaffirm our belief that LGBTQI+ rights are human rights. And we recommit to providing protections, safety, and equality for LGBTQI+ families so everyone can fully realize America’s promise.

“I call on the people of the United States to recognize the accomplishments of the LGBTQI+ community, celebrate the great diversity of the American people, and wave their pride flags high.”

If you or someone you know needs help, call 1-800-273-8255 for National Suicide Prevention Lifeline. You can also text HOME to 741-741 for free, Round-the-clock support from the crisis text line. Outside the United States, please visit the International Association for Suicide Prevention for a database of resources.




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