US: Biden calls for protecting LGBTQ rights globally

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(Reuters) – US President Joe Biden will announce a presidential memorandum, protecting the rights of LGBTQ people worldwide, national security adviser, Jake Sullivan, said.

“It reflects his deep commitment to these issues both here in the United States and everywhere around the world. The United States will speak out and act on behalf of these rights as we go,” Sullivan told reporters at a White House press briefing.

While a presidential memorandum is largely symbolic, Biden campaigned on a pledge to pass LGBTQ rights legislation, known as the Equality Act, in the first 100 days of his administration, and to make LGBTQ rights a top priority.

His campaign pledge included protecting LGBTQ people from discrimination, ensuring fair treatment in the justice system, and advancing LGBTQ rights globally. […]

Biden has already issued an executive order that extends existing federal nondiscrimination protections to LGBTQ people.

White House press secretary, Jen Psaki, on Thursday said Biden “stands by” his pledge to sign the Equality Act in his first 100 days, but noted that Congress would need to take action to pass a bill first.

-Alexandra Alper and Jarrett Renshaw

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