Biden aims to act quickly to protect and support LGBTQ citizenship
Biden, the president-elect, makes sweeping promises to LGBTQ advocates, requesting
that nearly any big proposal on their wish lists be introduced. Among them: repealing the Trump administration's near-total prohibition on transgender military service, banning anti-LGBTQ work discrimination by federal contractors, and establishing high-level LGBTQ rights jobs at the State Department, the National Security Council, and other federal agencies.
In several ways, the proposals will overturn the executive orders of President Donald Trump, whose administration has taken several steps to loosen the rights of transgender people and provide more leeway for, allegedly culturally motivated, bigotry against LGBTQ people.
"The Biden campaign stated in a policy document that Trump and Vice President Mike
Pence "have despised safe haven for LGBTQ + people and scaled back vital protections
Beyond executive steps he might take independently, Biden says the Inclusion Act, passed by the House
of Representatives last year but blocked in the Senate, is his highest policy priority for LGBTQ issues.
The robust anti-bias rights now provided to LGBTQ citizens in 21 predominantly Democratic-governed states will be expanded to all 50 states, including areas such as healthcare, public accommodation, and public facilities.
Biden claims that within 100 days of assuming office, he intends the act to become law, but the existence remains unclear. Assuming the bill passes in the House again some Republicans in the Senate will
need help, even though the Democrats retain control by winning Georgia's two runoff elections. For now, the only GOP co-sponsor in the Senate is Susan Collins of Maine.