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LGBTQ Leaders Inaugural Statements

By Charlotte Robinson, January 21, 2021

Celebrating the Biden-Harris inaugural was like a deep cleansing of the last four dark years. Here are a few LGBTQ leaders reflections entering this new dawn of so many pro-equality voices. Brian K. Bond, Executive Director of PFLAG National stated, “Following four years of administrative assaults that targeted LGBTQ+ people & transgender people in particular, PFLAG is working with the Biden-Harris Administration & our elected leaders in Congress to prioritize fixing the effects of these harmful policies. We are heartened that executive actions in the short term include undoing Trump’s final actions before leaving office to eliminate LGBTQ+ discrimination protections; reversing the transgender military ban & the Muslim ban; curbing ICE & working to reunite families separated at our borders; enforcing protections for LGBTQ+ people from workplace discrimination & ensuring a fair & complete Census in which everybody counts.” Nadine Smith Executive Director Equality Florida added, “From addressing racial inequity head-on, rolling back the ban on transgender military service members & shepherding passage of the Equality Act to codify nondiscrimination protections nationwide - the incoming administration has the chance to be the most pro-LGBTQ in American history. But it’s our duty to commit ourselves to the work of ensuring President Biden, Vice President Harris & our members of Congress make good on their promises.” Rea Carey, Executive Director, National LGBTQ Task Force concluded, “It is of great significance to the LGBTQ community that on their first day in office, this administration has made it clear that discrimination has no place in the federal government…We look forward to the day when President Biden will sign the Equality Act, which will amend the Civil Rights Act to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation & gender identity in employment, housing, public accommodations, public education, federal funding, credit & the jury system.”

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