President Joe Biden Officially Recognizes Pride Month | 22 Words

After former president Donald Trump spent years refusing to recognize Pride month, President Biden officially has...

Marking the start of Pride month with a statement.

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And people are very happy about it...

Pride - it's the most fabulous time of the year.

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June has, for years now, been the month of Pride.

People across the globe use this month to celebrate the impact that the LGBTQ+ community has had on the world.

Pride is the month wherein people really celebrate being themselves.

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People from all walks of life, who have faced prejudice at home and in their day-to-day lives, join in with the month-long celebration.

Though Pride hasn't always been so positive...

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Pride month was initially created to commemorate the Stonewall riots, which saw members of New York's gay community protest and fight for their rights.

At that time, Americans were living under an anti-gay legal system. On the morning of June 28, 1969, police raided the Stonewall Inn, which catered for LGBTQ+ and other minority groups at the time.

This protest would eventually lead to gay liberation.

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The modern fight for LGBTQ+ rights in the US began with this riot.

Within 6 months, 2 gay activist organizations were formed in New York and, within just a few years, gay rights organizations were founded across the US and the rest of the world.

For the last fifty years, the full month of June has always been dedicated to celebrating this liberation...

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And every year, we see huge parties and parades from all over the world.

Today, the LGBTQ+ community is more liberated than ever before...

But recently, Pride celebrations have been a little different.

As a result of the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, many of the Pride celebrations have been put on hold over the past 2 Pride months.

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Because large crowds are still prohibited from gathering in most major countries across the world, the usual Pride parades and parties have been heavily impacted.

People have had to celebrate behind closed doors...

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And, as a result, many have been thinking of other ways to celebrate and show their solidarity with the movement.

With Pride parades canceled - or at least much smaller than usual...

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There have been other ways to celebrate.

Yesterday, President Biden marked the start of Pride month by issuing a statement.

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A stark contrast to the actions of former president Donald Trump who acknowledged it only once during his presidency.

NBC reported last year, Trump had failed to mark Pride Month in "either proclamations or tweets" in 2017, 2018, and 2020.

But he did make sure to recognize "National Homeownership Month" and "Great Outdoors Month."

Throughout his presidency so far, Biden has shown significant support for the LGBTQ+ community.

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In his first days in office, Biden reversed Trump's transgender military ban, and back in April, the Biden administration authorized US diplomatic outposts across the world to fly the Pride flag alongside the US one.

Officially recognizing Pride month Biden said he "will not rest until full equality for LGBTQ+ Americans is finally achieved and codified into law."

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He also spoke of his call to Congress for the Equality Act to be passed, an act which he said during his presidential campaign would be a priority in his first one-hundred days in office.

In his statement to mark the start of Pride month, President Biden said:

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"Pride is both a jubilant communal celebration of visibility and a personal celebration of self-worth and dignity. This Pride Month, we recognize the valuable contributions of LGBTQ+ individuals across America, and we reaffirm our commitment to standing in solidarity with LGBTQ+ Americans in their ongoing struggle against discrimination and injustice."

"During LGBTQ+ Pride Month, we recognize the resilience and determination of the many individuals who are fighting to live freely and authentically," the statement later said.

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"In doing so, they are opening hearts and minds, and laying the foundation for a more just and equitable America. This Pride Month, we affirm our obligation to uphold the dignity of all people, and dedicate ourselves to protecting the most vulnerable among us."

"Now, therefore, I, Joseph R. Biden Jr., President of the United States of America, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Constitution and the laws of the United States, do hereby proclaim June 2021 as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer Pride Month. I call upon the people of the United States to recognize the achievements of the LGBTQ+ community, to celebrate the great diversity of the American people, and to wave their flags of pride high."

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