President Joe Biden on Wednesday honored America's transgender community by declaring "Transgender rights are human rights," and became the first U.S. President to mark Transgender Day of Visibility with a proclamation.
"Transgender rights are human rights — and I'm calling on every American to join me in uplifting the worth and dignity of transgender Americans," Biden said on Twitter. "Together, we can stamp out discrimination and deliver on our nation's promise of freedom and equality for all."
The Washington Blade was first to report on Biden's proclamation, which has yet to be officially published. According to the Blade an advance copy says:
Today, we honor and celebrate the achievements and resiliency of transgender individuals and communities. Transgender Day of Visibility recognizes the generations of struggle, activism, and courage that have brought our country closer to full equality for transgender and gender non-binary people in the United States and around the world. Their trailblazing work has given countless transgender individuals the bravery to live openly and authentically. This hard-fought progress is also shaping an increasingly accepting world in which peers at school, teammates and coaches on the playing field, colleagues at work, and allies in every corner of society are standing in support and solidarity with the transgender community.
"Transgender Americans of all ages," Biden adds, "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."
In addition to the violence and discrimination transgender people face,
as HRC reports at least 82 anti-transgender bills have already been filed in state legislatures across the country, more than last year's record of 79.
Last month President Biden also tweeted:
Transgender rights are human rights — and the House made that clear today by passing the Equality Act. Now it's time for the Senate to do the same.
— President Biden (@POTUS) February 26, 2021
Just five days after taking office he reversed President Donald Trump's devastating ban on transgender service members:
Today, I repealed the discriminatory ban on transgender people serving in the military. It's simple: America is safer when everyone qualified to serve can do so openly and with pride.
— President Biden (@POTUS) January 25, 2021