WASHINGTON D.C. — (10-11-21) — In celebration of Coming Out Day, president Biden for the defeat of anti-LGBT bills in state legislatures across the country and for the U.S. Senate to pass the Equality Act to mark National Coming Out Day.

“Despite the extraordinary progress our nation has made, our work to ensure the full promise of equality is not yet done,” said the president in a statement on Monday. “Anti-LGBTQ+ bills still proliferate in state legislatures. Bullying and harassment — particularly of young transgender Americans and LGBTQ+ people of color — still abounds, diminishing our national character.” said Biden.

He condemned and called out Republican state legislators that are targeting the LGBT community with their “discriminatory bills.”

The president is promoting the fact that the Equality Act would prohibit discrimination based on sex, sexual orientation and gender identity. The House under Democratic control passed the measure with minimal Republican support earlier this year. However Majority Leader Chuck Schumer (D), has yet to bring the bill up in the Senate.

“To LGBTQ+ people across the country, and especially those who are contemplating coming out: know that you are loved for who you are, you are admired for your courage, and you will have a community — and a nation — to welcome you,” said Biden. “I want the LGBT community to know that they are loved and accepted, “regardless of whether or not you’ve come out. My Administration is committed to ensuring that LGBTQ+ people can live openly, proudly, and freely in every corner of our nation,” said Biden.

The United States began celebrating National Coming Out Day in 1988 to raise awareness for the LGBTQ community.

Article by: Paul Goldberg, Staff Writer

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