President Joe Biden has officially recognized Pride Month.
Contrasting to former President Donald Trump, who has repeatedly refused to acknowledge Pride Month, President Biden has now officially recognized the celebrations.
As UNILAD notes, during his administration, Trump has honored Pride Month only once. However, the current U.S. president is about to change that tendency.
In an official statement from June 1, 2021, President Joe Biden announced:
“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.”
The President declared he “will not rest until full equality for LGBTQ+ Americans is finally achieved.”
The statement continues:
“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.“
Furthermore, Biden accentuated his call to Congress to get the Equality Act passed. According to the President, the bill will “ensure civil rights protections for LGBTQ+ people and families across our country.”
Throughout his first months as a President of the United States, Biden has expressed his support for the LGBTQ+ community, starting with signing an executive order that directed US federal agencies to offer protection to LGBTQ+ people under all federal legislation on the very first day of his presidency.