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President Biden says nearly 14% of his 1500 agency appointees identify as LGBTQ

Nearly 14% of U.S. President Joe Biden’s 1,500 federal agency appointees identify as lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer, he said on Tuesday in a proclamation marking the start of Pride Month celebrating the LGBTQ community.

Biden urged Congress to protect LGBTQ people from discrimination by passing the Equality Act. “For all of our progress, there are many States in which LGBTQ+ individuals still lack protections for fundamental rights and dignity in hospitals, schools, public accommodations, and other spaces,” Biden said. “We will not rest until full equality for LGBTQ+ Americans is finally achieved and codified into law.” Activists describe the Biden administration as the most pro-LGBTQ in U.S. history.

On his first day in office, Biden signed an executive order directing federal agencies to protect LGBTQ people under all federal laws that prohibit discrimination based on sex. Biden also reversed a ban on transgender people openly enlisting and serving in the military. Recently in Florida on Tuesday, Governor Ron DeSantis, signed into law banning transgender women and girls from participating in school sports

ARTICLE: PAUL MURDOCH
MANAGING EDITOR: CARSON CHOATE
PHOTO CREDITS: REUTERS

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