US President Joe Biden released the first presidential proclamation on Wednesday recognizing March 31 as Transgender Visibility Day.
This day is now dedicated to celebrating transgender people and raising awareness of the discrimination and violence they face every day.
In his proclamation, Biden said Transgender Visibility Day recognizes generations of activism from transgender and non-binary people.
“Their pioneering work has given countless transgender people the courage to live openly and authentically,” Biden wrote. “These hard-won advances are also shaping an increasingly tolerant world in which school mates, playground teammates, and coaches, work colleagues and allies in all corners of society stand together.” in support and solidarity with the transgender community. ”
Biden explained that trans people “still face systemic barriers to freedom and equality,” such as higher violence rates, harassment, and discrimination.
“Almost one in three trans people have experienced homelessness, and they also face discrimination in employment, housing, health care, and public amenities. Biden said.
“The crisis of violence against transgender women, especially transgender women of color, is a stain on the conscience of our Nation. Forty-four transgender people were killed in the United States last year, a record; 23 of them were black transgender women, ”he added.
Mr. Biden said his administration has already started implementing new policies to protect transgender people, such as the executive order he issued on day one of his presidency to expand protection against discrimination against LGBTQ people under federal laws such as the Affordable Housing Act.
He also mentioned “the first openly transgender American to be confirmed by the United States Senate,” Rachel Levine, assistant secretary of health, and “the patriotic members of the transgender service, who can once again proudly and openly serve their country. “, A reference to his executive order rescinding former President Donald Trump’s ban on transgender people from serving in the military.
Biden also called on Congress to pass the Equality Act, a sweeping bill that would give LGBTQ people protections against discrimination in employment, housing, education, credit, office. The jury, and more.
“To more fully protect the civil rights of transgender Americans, we must pass the Equality Act and provide federal civil rights protections based on sexual orientation and gender identity, which only have too late, ”Biden wrote. “This will be a lasting legacy of the bravery and courage of the LGBTQ + movement. ”
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