During his address to a joint session of Congress on Wednesday, President Biden had a message for transgender Americans...
"Your president has your back."
But it seems his words have received a mixed reaction. Here's the full story...
For years, people have been fighting for equal rights for the LGBTQ+ community, but little to no movement has been seen.
Just this year alone, 8 bills discriminating against the LGBTQ+ community have become state law, with Texas, Alabama, Arkansas, and Tennessee banning trans athletes from competing on school sports teams that reflect their gender.
According to reports, this has been done in order "to protect women and girls' competitive sports."
In North Dakota, House Bill 1503 was signed by Republican Governor, Doug Burgum, which Human Rights Groups have branded as "shameful."
It allows student groups to exclude LGBTQ+ members (and multiple other minority groups based on their religious beliefs and their race) and still receive state funding.
Human Rights Campaign President, Alphonso David said: "This law is nothing more than a harmful attempt... to discriminate against LGBTQ and other marginalized communities. No student should be denied full access to and enjoyment of educational, social, and leadership opportunities typically offered by colleges and universities because of who they are."
Texas also maintains multiple anti-trans laws and is still in the process of proposing more.
As a state, it still fails to recognize gender identity as a hate crime. Even though federal law has banned employment discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity, anti-LGBTQ+ discrimination is still not prohibited.
And not only that but in the past few weeks, a Texas bill has been proposed which strips parents from giving "gender-affirming" care.
The state has outlined this bill to include hormone therapy and puberty blockers for transgender children as a form of child abuse.
It includes administering, supplying, or consenting to provide puberty suppression drugs, hormone replacement therapy, or surgical or medical procedures to anyone under eighteen "for the purpose of gender transitioning or gender reassignment."
This bill would put gender-affirming care alongside serious crimes such as physical and s*xual abuse and sex trafficking.
Republican state Senator, Charles Perry, who is an avid sponsor for the bill said this was his way of "protecting children."
He said he had no ill will toward transgender people, but he felt obligated to protect children "who have not reached the maturity to understand what is being proposed nor the impact on them in perpetuity." He then referred to affirmative care as "not reversible" and "life transformational and life-changing."
"God gave us a season in life, and it's to have innocence up to a certain point, and then, unfortunately, we lose that innocence. When parents interject things that rob them of that innocence, and really robs them of a future, we have a problem."
Parents who break the law can face up to 10 years in prison.
They can even have their children taken off them and put into the foster care system.
Not only this...
But the laws surrounding trans people from participating in sports, as well as medical staff being given a religious pass to refuse them medical care, has really shaped Texas to becoming one of the most discriminatory places in the United States for the trans community.
However, despite all this...
President Biden has still come out to support transgender americans.
And while his words have touched the hearts of some...
"To all transgender Americans, especially young people, I want you to know that the President has your back."— Kiro (@kirosuto) April 29, 2021
-- @POTUS @JoeBiden at the Joint Address to Congress
It's absolutely amazing to hear a US president say that on national television.
It thrills me that w/ every passing day, it seems #JoeBiden is far more progressive than his candidacy suggested. It’s nothing short of remarkable that in a speech to Congress @POTUS would assure transgender Americans, especially young people, “Your president has your back.”— Mary A. Lehman She/Her (@MaryLehman_D1) April 29, 2021
President Joe Biden to the transgender youth of America: “Your president has your back.”— Nick Walden Poublon (@NWPinPDX) April 29, 2021
A simple statement and yet it means so much.
Many are more sceptical, believing that actions speak louder than words...
I understand that he can only do so much, and mostly this is on the legislature, but these words feel hollow as the GOP keeps up their genocide— Tali Quinn (@TaliC_B20) April 29, 2021
Inspiring words today, Mr President, but laws are being debated in most states that further harm and oppress trans people.— Aeva ✨ speaking at #KubeCon & #RSAConf ✨ (@aevavoom) April 29, 2021
Words alone won’t be enough when folks like me are denied health care and housing.
What are you going to *do*?#JointAddress
I've said it once, I'll say it again. I don't want him to call us brave, I want him to make it so we don't HAVE to be brave to be ourselves.— Azure (@flowerofazure) April 29, 2021
So does that mean the federal government is going to fight the anti-trans legislation being pushed around the country?— CJ 💜🤍🖤🩰 (@awkwardlefty_cj) April 29, 2021
Words mean absolutely nothing if there’s no affirmative action. He can say he has their backs, but if nothing changes, then it’s a lie.— InfinitySton3 (@infinityston3) April 29, 2021
During an address to congress on Wednesday, President Biden urged Congress to pass the Equality Act.
Passing it will offer expanded protections to LGBTQ Americans from workplace, housing, and health care discrimination.
The act is currently facing a battle within the divided Senate.
Especially with only 3 members of the House GOP voting in favor of it.
During his President Biden said: "I also hope Congress can get to my desk, the Equality Act to protect LGBTQ America."
"To all the transgender Americans watching at home, especially the young people who are so brave, I want you to know that your president has your back."
Listen to Biden's speech here.
"To all the transgender Americans watching at home – especially the young people who are so brave – I want you to know that your president has your back." - @POTUS #JointAddress pic.twitter.com/QlF07i4FTq— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) April 29, 2021
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