17 Jun President Biden Issues An Official Proclamation To Recognize Pride Month
US president Joe Biden issued an official proclamation to recognize Pride Month after former President trump refused to do so during his time in the office.
While addressing the ongoing struggle the LGBTQ community is going through, he said, “Pride is a time to recall the trials the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer community and to rejoice in the triumphs of trailblazing individuals who have bravely fought – and continue to fight – for full equality.”
While Donald Trump acknowledged Pride Month back in 2019, he didn’t issue an official proclamation as Obama did during his time of presidency.
President Biden also added, “Historic Supreme Court rulings in recent years have struck down regressive laws, affirmed the right to marriage equality, and secured workplace protections for LGBTQ+ individuals in every State and Territory.”
While honoring Pete Buttigieg, the first openly LGBTQ person serving in the cabinet, Biden stated that out of his 1500 appointees, about 14% belong to the LGBTQ community.
Besides this, Biden also emphasized the struggle most LGBTQ members have to go through to attain basic rights in hospitals, public accommodations and schools.
He also noted the increasing cases of violence against transgender women of color.
People, especially youth, who defy the sexual norms set up the society, have to go through bullying and discrimination in schools and are at higher risk of committing suicide or practicing self-harm.
In his proclamation, Biden also criticized some states which target the transgender community through discriminatory bills.
To ensure that freedom and equality are provided to all, Biden also reversed Trump’s ban on transgender people serving in the military.
He noted that an executive order, signed by him, will make sure that all qualified Americans, regardless of gender preferences, will be able to serve in the US army.
Pride Month was established by President Bill Clinton in 1999 as “Lesbian and gay Month”. In June 2000, Clinton issued another proclamation to recognize June as Pride Month.