White House Announces New Actions to Protect LGBTQ+ Communities

Article courtesy of The White House Office of Public Engagement

In celebration of Pride Month, the Biden-Harris Administration announced new actions to protect LGBTQ+ communities from attacks on their rights and safety. Over a dozen states have enacted anti-LGBTQI+ laws that violate our most basic values and freedoms as Americans, and are cruel and callous to our kids, neighbors, and those in our communities.

The Biden-Harris administration stands with the LGBTQI+ community and has their backs in the face of these attacks. The Administration announced new actions to protect the LGBTQI+ community by:

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  1. Protecting LGBTQI+ communities from attacks on their rights and safety by launching a new LGBTQI+ Community Safety Partnership and announcing that the Assistant Attorney General of the Civil Rights Division of the Justice Department will serve as the Department’s liaison to the LGBTQI+ community on issues related to protecting the rights of the community.
  2. Supporting LGBTQI+ kids so they can thrive by strengthening mental health resources for LGBTQI+ youth, launching a new federal initiative to address LGBTQI+ youth homelessness, releasing federal funding to support programs that help parents affirm their LGBTQI+ kids, and advancing new regulations to protect LGBTQI+ youth in foster care.
  3. Shielding LGBTQI+ Americans from book bans that threaten their rights by announcing that the Department of Education will appoint a new coordinator to address the growing threat that book bans pose for the civil rights of students.

These actions build on President Biden delivering for LGBTQI+ Americans by ending the ban on transgender troops, signing the Respect for Marriage Act, fighting against so-called “conversion therapy,” and advancing LGBTQI+ human rights around the globe. On the heels of these new announcements, President Biden joined LGBTQI+ families for a historic celebration on the South Lawn to demonstrate that LGBTQI+ people belong in the People’s House.

We know this fight is far from over, and the Biden-Harris Administration will continue our focus on advancing equality for LGBTQI+ people across the country.

Las Vegas PRIDE Magazine - Issue 46

This article was originally published in the 2023 August/September Issue of Las Vegas PRIDE Magazine, and can be read in its original format here.