Tag Archive | President Joe Biden

Gay nightclub Pulse becomes US memorial

Gay nightclub Pulse becomes US memorial

(Reuters) – US President Joe Biden designated the Pulse gay nightclub in Orlando, Florida, a national memorial on Friday, honouring the site where a mass shooting killed 49 people. A gunman stormed the popular venue five years ago, opening fire with an AR-15-style assault rifle and pistol, in one of the most lethal modern mass […]

Biden: Nearly 14% of agency appointees are LGBTQ

Biden: Nearly 14% of agency appointees are LGBTQ

(Reuters) – Nearly 14% of US President Joe Biden’s 1,500 federal agency appointees identify as LGBTQ, he said on Tuesday, in a proclamation marking the start of Pride Month, celebrating the LGBTQ community. A Democrat, Biden urged Congress to protect LGBTQ people from discrimination, by passing the Equality Act. Donald Trump, his Republican predecessor, did […]

US: Biden revives LGBT healthcare protections

US: Biden revives LGBT healthcare protections

(Reuters) – Gay and transgender people will be protected against sex discrimination in healthcare, the US health secretary said on Monday, as President Joe Biden’s administration reversed a policy put in place under his predecessor, Donald Trump. Health and Human Services Secretary, Xavier Becerra, said the action restores protections under a provision of the Affordable […]

US: LGBT+ rights after Biden’s first 100 days

US: LGBT+ rights after Biden’s first 100 days

Candidate Joe Biden promised a “march toward equality” for LGBT Americans if he became president. One hundred days into office, how has President Biden done? Here’s a look at the state of LGBT+ rights today, and how they stack up against Biden’s pre-election pledge to better protect LGBT+ Americans, roll back Trump-era policies, and strengthen […]

US: Biden’s Plan B on LGBT+ rights as Equality Act resisted

US: Biden’s Plan B on LGBT+ rights as Equality Act resisted

Joe Biden vowed on the campaign trail to pass a law protecting LGBT+ Americans from discrimination, within his first 100 days in office. But with the Senate’s backing for the Equality Act seen as unlikely, he may already have opted for Plan B. Biden covered key parts of the civil rights bill – which faces […]

US: Biden continues to support same-sex unions

US: Biden continues to support same-sex unions

White House says US President Joe Biden will continue to support same-sex unions (Reuters) – US President Joe Biden continues to support same-sex unions, White House Press Secretary, Jen Psaki, said on Monday, after the Vatican said priests cannot bless same-sex unions. Psaki said Biden, a devout Catholic, had no personal response to the Vatican […]

US: Full Text of Biden’s Memo on Advancing LGBTQI Rights Around the World

US: Full Text of Biden’s Memo on Advancing LGBTQI Rights Around the World

Below is the full text of the memorandum on advancing LGBTQI rights around the world, issued by US President Joe Biden, on 4th February 2021, from the Briefing Room of the White House: ‘Memorandum on Advancing the Human Rights of Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex Persons Around the World MEMORANDUM FOR THE HEADS […]

US: Biden calls for protecting LGBTQ rights globally

US: Biden calls for protecting LGBTQ rights globally

(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 […]

US: President Biden overturns trans military ban

US: President Biden overturns trans military ban

(Reuters) – President Joe Biden on Monday overturned a controversial ban by his predecessor on transgender individuals serving in the US military, a move that fulfills a campaign promise, and will be cheered by LGBTQ advocates. Former Democratic President, Barack Obama, in 2016 allowed trans people to serve openly, and receive medical care to transition […]

US: White House adds gender-neutral pronouns, tackles discrimination

US: White House adds gender-neutral pronouns, tackles discrimination

People can now select gender-neutral pronouns when contacting the US government, as President Joe Biden signed a raft of executive actions on his first day in office, including an order tackling discrimination against LGBT+ people. People who identify as non-binary – neither male nor female – can now select the gender-neutral title ‘Mx’ on the […]