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LGBTQ Spin On The State Of The Union

By Charlotte Robinson, February 08, 2023

President Biden’s State of the Union mentioned our LGBTQ community in reference to the Respect of Marriage Act’s passage & the need to finally pass the Equality Act & protect our trans youth. Biden stated, “It’s our duty to protect all the people’s rights & freedoms… Make no mistake; if Congress passes a national abortion ban, I will veto it. Let’s also pass the bipartisan Equality Act to ensure LGBTQ Americans, especially transgender young people, can live with safety & dignity.” Kierra Johnson, Executive Director, National LGBTQ Task Force stated, “It was vital & appreciated that President Biden mentioned the urgent need to pass the Equality Act & actions taken to secure marriage equality. What many people may not realize is that LGBTQ people are at the center of all the issues President Biden spoke about throughout his address. Social security. Fair wages. Medicaid expansion. Access to education. Reproductive justice. Police reform. These are all LGBTQ issues. LGBTQ people are often disproportionately impacted because of the discrimination our community faces every single day. LGBTQ people are not fully able to participate or benefit from all that our country has to offer. For too many queer people, the American dream is out of reach. Instead, the nightmare of physical violence, state sanctioned harassment & bullying in the name of religion is the reality.” Sarah Kate Ellis GLAAD President & CEO concluded, “President Biden included LGBTQ people in his vision for a more equal, more free & more compassionate country. In re-upping his call for Congress to pass the Equality Act & protect transgender youth, the President is leading by example to expand freedom so no one is left behind.”

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