Joe Biden’s support for the LGBTQ+ community

Democratic candidate Joe Biden has shown support for the LGBTQ+ community throughout his campaign and intends to continue throughout his presidency.

Biden worked to repeal the ‘Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell’ policy in his time as vice-president, which was a policy in the U.S. military where homosexual members of the military were permitted as long as they did not openly identify with their sexuality.

Biden also endorsed Danica Roem in 2017, after getting elected to the Virginia house of delegates, where she became the first openly transgender person in U.S. legislation.

Biden has also been endorsed by the Human Rights Campaign, the National Center for Transgender Equality, and the Congressional LGBT Equality Caucus. If elected, Biden intends to reverse the transgender military ban, fight for transgender women of color, end homelessness of LGBTQ+ youth, and more as stated on his website.

Biden plans to pass the Equality Act within the first 100 days of his presidency, which would amend the Civil Rights Act to include sexual orientation and gender identity as sex discrimination. This act does not just protect those in employment, but also housing, education, federally funded programs, and more.

Biden has vowed to reverse the transgender military ban, which would allow people of any gender identity to serve. In 2017, President Donald J. Trump announced that transgender people would no longer be permitted to serve in the military. After a lawsuit, the ruling decided that transgender people were allowed to serve, but they were expected to identify with their biological sex during their time of service.

Biden also publicly condemns Poland’s LGBT-free zones. He said in a tweet, “Let me be clear: LGBTQ+ rights are human rights — and ‘LGBT-free zones’ have no place in the European Union or anywhere in the world.” Since 2019, Poland has adopted a variety of anti-LGBTQ+ policies under the veil of “family rights.” The current administration has enacted several anti-LGBTQ+ policies that allow discrimination.

If Biden is elected president, it could ensure a better future for the LGBTQ+ community in the U.S.