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Biden signs order to address conversion therapy and anti-LGBTQ bills

  • President Joe Biden will sign an executive order on Wednesday to offer new initiatives for the LGBT+ community.
  • Biden’s order asks the Department of Health and Human Services to develop sample policies for states on how to expand access to comprehensive health care for LGBT+ patients.
  • The move comes as at least 20 states have passed anti-LGBT laws in recent months.

WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden signed an executive order Wednesday aimed at supporting members of the LGBTQ+ community whose rights, he said, are increasingly under attack.

“My message to all young people: just be you,” Biden said at a rainbow-colored event at the White House that was part of a Pride Month celebration. “I want you to know that as your president, all of us on this stage have your back.”

Biden was introduced by Javier Gomez, an 18-year-old Floridian who helped organize student walkouts across the state over the Parents’ Rights in Education Act signed into law by Florida Governor Ron DeSantis in March. Dubbed “Don’t Say Gay” by critics, the legislation prohibits teachers from discussing sexual orientation or gender identity between kindergarten and third grade.

Gomez said the “hateful legislation” means students won’t be able to get the kind of support she got from her fifth-grade teacher when she was trying to figure out her identity.

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