President Joe Biden marked the Transgender Day of Remembrance with a poignant statement, condemning the ongoing discrimination and violence against transgender individuals in America. Emphasizing the nation’s core value of no tolerance for hate, Biden lamented the tragic loss of at least 26 transgender Americans this year, acknowledging that the true toll is likely even higher, particularly among women of color.
Biden Administration’s Actions to Support LGBTQI+ Americans
Highlighting the steps taken by his administration, Biden noted the pivotal actions to strengthen the rights and safety of transgender and LGBTQI+ Americans. His administration overturned the ban on transgender individuals serving in the military and signed executive actions to reinforce civil rights protections. Additionally, the Department of Homeland Security, in collaboration with the DOJ and HHS, launched the LGBTQI+ Community Safety Partnership to provide essential safety resources.
Unwavering Commitment to Equality
Reiterating his administration’s resolve, President Biden stressed the imperative to never remain silent in the face of hatred. He urged a renewed commitment to ensuring all Americans can live free from discrimination. Biden’s tenure has been marked by significant support for transgender rights, including calling trans rights a critical civil rights issue of our time and consistently backing transgender youth.
Historical Appointments and Observances
Under Biden’s leadership, the U.S. has seen historic milestones, such as the appointment of Adm. Rachel Levine as the assistant secretary for health, making her the first openly transgender federal official confirmed by the Senate. The Biden administration has also consistently recognized important dates like the Transgender Day of Remembrance and Transgender Day of Visibility, further affirming its support for the transgender community.
A Call for Continued Advocacy
President Biden’s statement serves as a powerful reminder of the challenges still faced by transgender individuals and the ongoing need for advocacy and policy changes. As the nation remembers those lost to transphobic violence, Biden’s commitment to advancing LGBTQI+ rights underscores the importance of collective efforts to create a more inclusive and equitable society for all.