This article was published on January 21st, 2021
According to reports, Biden has signed an order enforcing the Supreme Court’s decision on LGBTQ+ workplace equality on his first day in office. It was one of 17 orders signed by the incoming president, including declarations rejoining the Paris climate accord, overturning the ban on travel from a handful of Muslim-majority countries, and strengthening the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program. LGBTQ+ groups celebrated the decision, which is likely to be followed in the days to come by a repeal of Trump’s trans military ban. The memo also tacitly approved faith-based objections to hiring LGBTQ+ employees.
The executive director of the National Center for Trans Equality, Mara Keisling, applauded the order as a definitive statement from the Biden team “that there is no place for discrimination in the federal government”.
On his first day in office, Biden went one step further than the recent Supreme Court ‘Bostock v. Clayton County’ decision to ensure that protections are extended to all federal agencies. Up next for Biden is the passing of the Equality Act, which would amend the Civil Rights Act to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity in employment, housing, public accommodations, public education, federal funding, credit, and the jury system.
As the Republican party continues to threaten filibuster tactics and other measures to delay legislation, President Biden and the Democratic party are laying the groundwork to restoring democracy to the government. The mission of the Biden-Harris team is “to be focused on change, progress, bringing Americans together, and a determination to remain bold in our shared pursuit of a better, more just country”.
The LGBTQ+ community, under President Biden, yet again has a place at the table and an administration that embraces the diversity and inclusion of LGBTQ people in every aspect of our nation’s political, economic, racial and social fabric. From the DREAMers, the Muslim ban, racial inequality and more, all of these are intersectional issues that fall under the LGBTQA+ umbrella. With Dr. Rachel Levine as the new assistant secretary of the Department of Health and Human Services, Pete Buttigieg as Secretary of Transportation, and other diverse staff appointments across all levels in the Biden-Harris administration, the LGBTQ+ community brings their insight, talents, and expertise to solve the challenges facing the nation.
More executive orders affecting the LGBTQ+ community are expected soon from the Biden-Harris administration and HomoCulture will be here to report on the news.