President Biden celebrated “Coming Out Day” on Monday with a statement expressing love and acceptance for LGBTQ people and attacking state legislators for proposing and passing “discriminatory” and “anti-LGBTQ+ bills.” Conservative groups that support those bills shot back, with one group accusing Biden of engaging in “blatant intimidation” with his statement.
In his statement, Biden expressed support for those who identify as LGBTQ and celebrated his administration’s moves on these issues, including the numerous Biden appointees who identify as LGBTQ. Yet he also attacked legislators who support bills that Biden attacked as “anti-LGBTQ+” and “discriminatory,” tying them to the “bullying and harassment” LGBTQ people face.
“Anti-LGBTQ+ bills still proliferate in state legislatures. Bullying and harassment — particularly of young transgender Americans and LGBTQ+ people of color — still abounds, diminishing our national character,” Biden wrote. “We must continue to stand together against these acts of hate, and stand up to protect the rights, opportunities, physical safety, and mental health of LGBTQ+ people everywhere.
“From defeating discriminatory bills to passing the Equality Act, we have more work to do to ensure that every American can live free of fear, harassment, and discrimination because