President Joe Biden issued a proclamation on Tuesday to mark the beginning of “Pride Month,” a celebration of the LGBTQ+ community.
In his statement, Biden spoke about various policy proposals and members of his administration, including a directive to Congress to pass the Equality Act, which many conservatives have pushed back on over the harm it poses to religious freedom in the United States.
Biden called out “many States in which LGBTQ+ individuals still lack protections for fundamental rights and dignity in hospitals, schools, public accommodations, and other spaces,” claiming that the United States “continues to witness a tragic spike in violence against transgender women of color. LGBTQ+ individuals — especially youth who defy sex or gender norms — face bullying and harassment in educational settings and are at a disproportionate risk of self-harm and death by suicide. Some States have chosen to actively target transgender youth through discriminatory bills that defy our Nation’s values of inclusivity and freedom for all.”