Biden announces executive actions targeting anti-LGBTQ laws

President Biden announced several executive actions on Wednesday afternoon to address discriminatory laws and practices against LGBTQ children and adults, as a number of states enact anti-LGBTQ measures.

‘The message is simple: Pride is back in the White House,’ Mr Biden told the White House Pride event where the actions of the executive were exposed.

President Joe Biden signs an executive order on advancing equality for LGBTQI+ people during a Pride event at the White House, June 15, 2022.

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They direct the Department of Health and Human Services to work with states to expand gender-affirming care and access to mental health counseling for youth, strengthen protections against discrimination in the foster care system, and clarify that federally funded programs cannot provide “conversion therapy” the widely discredited practice of trying to change someone’s sexual orientation or gender identity.

“My order will use the full force of the federal government to prevent the inhumane practices of conversion therapy,” Biden said. “This is the first time the federal government has used a coordinated response against this dangerous and discredited practice.”

A senior administration official who described the measures did not indicate any specific use of federal funds for conversion therapy, but said the executive action will help HHS attorneys enforce any future attempts. .

HHS will also be responsible for issuing “new policy examples for states on how to expand access to comprehensive health care” for LGBTQ patients, the official said. The Ministry of Education will also be responsible for issuing a “full inclusion” policy in schools.

On his first day in office, Mr Biden issued an executive order stating that gay and transgender people are protected from discrimination in school, work and other areas. He called on federal agencies to review existing policies and regulations that prohibit sex discrimination and amend them as needed to emphasize that sex discrimination includes sexual orientation and gender identity.

LGBTQ rights, particularly for transgender children and teens, have been a focus for Republican lawmakers, with states proposing to limit participation in sports, as well as discussions of gender identity and sexual orientation in states. classroom.

Sean Conlon contributed reporting.

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