WASHINGTON D.C. — (02-04-21) — President Biden announced his presidential memorandum on LGBTQ rights across the globe. White House national security adviser Jake Sullivan said during a press briefing at the White House on Thursday, “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,” said Sullivan.

Biden campaigned on a pledge to pass LGBTQ rights legislation known as the Equality Act within his first 100 days as president and to make LGBTQ rights a top priority of his administration. So far, he has lived up to his campaign promise to the LGBTQ community.

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In fact Biden’s plan includes protecting LGBTQ people from discrimination, ensuring fair treatment in the justice system and advancing LGBTQ rights globally.

The Equality Act, which was first introduced in 2015, would protect LGBTQ individuals from discrimination in housing, employment, education and other settings.

President Biden also signed an executive order on preventing LGBTQ people from discrimination that broadly interprets the landmark Supreme Court ruling that employees are protected from discrimination by the Civil Rights Act of 1964 on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

White House press secretary Jen Psaki told reporters during the daily White House press briefing that the president “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.

Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer

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