Ahead of June 1st, President Joe Biden officially declared the month of June as Pride Month and did so with a formal proclamation calling for action against the current attacks on LGBTQ+ rights.
“I often say that America can be defined by one word: possibilities. This month, we celebrate generations of LGBTQI+ people who have fought to make the possibilities of our Nation real for every American,” Biden said in his presidential address.
“This month, we honor the resilience of LGBTQI+ people, who are fighting to live authentically and freely. We reaffirm our belief that LGBTQI+ rights are human rights. And we recommit to delivering protections, safety, and equality to LGBTQI+ families so that everyone can realize the full promise of America.”
However, the times of parades and celebrations come at a scary time for most LGBTQ+ Americans. Not only are their rights being challenged with harmful legislation but hate crimes are on the rise among LGBTQ+, specifically among transgender people.
Tragically, violence against transgender and gender non-conforming people is also at an all-time high. At least 57 trans and gender non-conforming people were killed in 2021. At least 85% of the victims were trans women and roughly 66% were Black trans women.— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) March 8, 2022
The severity of the events is echoed in the majority of Biden’s official statements. He goes on to illustrate the struggles of the community today.
“Members of the LGBTQI+ community — especially people of color and trans people — continue to face discrimination and cruel, persistent efforts to undermine their human rights,” the president said.
While the administration has made notable efforts to protect those in the community, Biden admits “there is more work to be done” and called on Congress to pass the Equality Act, which will build on existing civil rights laws to protect LGBTQ+ people from discrimination in all 50 states.
He also called to confront problems such as the disproportionate levels of poverty, homelessness, and unemployment in the LGBTQI+ community.
Lastly, President Biden turned upon the American people to “recognize the achievements of the LGBTQI+ community, to celebrate the great diversity of the American people, and to wave their flags of pride high.”
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