This article was published on November 9th, 2020
After what seems like an eternity of a week, over the weekend, Joseph Biden was unofficially officially projected to reach the 270 Electoral College votes necessary to clinch victory from Donald Trump in one of the most important races in the history of America. Now that Biden is headed to the White House in January, there are many questions to be answered.
Aside from the presidential race, there were many other milestones in other key races that should not be overlooked. There were several LGBT representatives elected, and with Biden back in the White House – this time as President – the executive orders Trump previously issued that stripped them of their rights are set to be overturned and reinstated on January 20th.
What happens now
Joe Biden has been projected to reach the 270 electoral college votes needed to beat Donald Trump in the race to the White House. What happens now?
There are lots of new LGBT representatives that were elected, others who kept their seats, plus all the great potential wins of executive orders to be overturned on Jan 20, including the trans military ban.
The Biden Effect
Upon his confirmation as the next President, Joseph Biden immediately shifted the mood in the country and re-established America as a global leader that is still to be respected. With the Trump presidency putting into question the nation’s status in the world, a Biden victory signals a return to normalcy, respect, and cooperation with other countries that have been waiting patiently for a reprieve. In only a few days, leaders across the world have congratulated Biden on his historic win and are signaling the honor of working with him in the future on winning the fight against COVID-19, global warming, and a host of other issues.
Kamala: A Woman Of Firsts
Amidst all the histrionics of Donald Trump and his cronies dominating the news, many overlooked the fact that Kamala Harris has become the first woman and first woman of color to enter the White House as Vice President. As a seasoned politician with an impeccable resume, Harris is expected to be one of the most powerful Vice Presidents in the history of the country, and is a signal to where the future of the part – and the country – are headed.
With her political acumen and more progressive views, Harris was able to help Biden secure the black vote – which is absolutely necessary to win any election – and demonstrate that the Democratic party is dedicated to inclusion.
The Future Under Biden for the LGTBQ+ Community
During his acceptance speech, Biden made clear that he would be a unifier for the entire country, not just for the blue states in which he won. As Donald Trump continues to contest election results and claims voter fraud without any evidence, Biden intends to overturn immediately many of the laws that the Trump administration executed against the LGBTQ+ community.
History will remember that Biden was the Vice President that suggested that Obama consider gay marriage before it was formalized, and potentially Biden may be the first to march in a Pride parade. Already, Kamala Harris has been in regular attendance and their stance on gay rights is well documented and lauded. This is a time in history that is intent on progress for all, including the queer community.
An Optimistic Future
Come January 20th at noon, America and the rest of the world may be able to inch just a little bit closer to normal. With Biden and Harris in charge, the COVID-19 crisis can be properly addressed and conquered, and by the end of 2021 we will all be able to celebrate once again – together.