President Joe Biden issued a proclamation on Tuesday designating June to be LGBTQ+ Pride Month in the United States and vowing executive assistance in the fight against prejudice.
The proclamation said this month should mark “a time a time of hope, progress, and promise” for lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer Americans.
“The Biden-Harris administration has taken historic actions to accelerate the march toward full LGBTQ+ equality,” the White House said in a statement.
The White House said it’s working to allow transgender Americans to serve in the military, give them access to leadership positions in the federal government and protect and defend their rights worldwide.
“Too many LGBTQ+ Americans across our nation continue facing discrimination and hate, especially LGBTQ+ people of color and transgender Americans, and some states are attempting to roll back the clock on equality with discriminatory bills that target LGBTQ+ people and families,” the White House added.
According to the announcement, Biden signed the “most comprehensive executive order in history” upon entering office in January to combat gender identity discrimination and expand safeguards in healthcare, housing, financing, education, civil rights, and the military.
The White House Gender Policy Council was established during Biden’s administration to encourage gender equity and equality. The Equality Act passed the House in February but has yet to be approved by the Senate, where it lacks the required 60 votes.