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Biden issues proclamation for Transgender Day of Visibility

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President Joe Biden issued a proclamation for Transgender Day of Visibility on Wednesday, the first sitting president to do so.

Biden also affirmed the administration’s commitment to moving forward on LGBTQ rights.

“In spite of our progress in advancing civil rights for LGBTQ+ Americans, too many transgender people — adults and youth alike — still face systemic barriers to freedom and equality,” he said in the proclamation. “Transgender Americans of all ages face high rates of violence, harassment, and discrimination. Nearly one in three transgender Americans have experienced homelessness at some point in life. Transgender Americans continue to face discrimination in employment, housing, health care, and public accommodations. The crisis of violence against transgender women, especially transgender women of color, is a stain on our Nation’s conscience.”

According to the Williams Institute, there are an estimated 1.4 million trans adults in the U.S. In 2015, the research organization find that 30% of trans adults had experience homelessness in their lives and 12.5% in the previous year. They have also been more at risk from COVID-19 because of underlying conditions, economic vulnerability and barriers to getting healthcare.

Biden also used the proclamation to again call for the passage of the Equality Act. The act is currently waiting on action in the U.S. Senate.

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