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For homo-, bisexual, transgender and other queer people (LGBTQ), the elected US President Joe Biden (78) has promised a series of measures - for better equality and against discrimination.
As Vice President, Joe Biden was able to score points with lesbians and gays in the USA eight years ago: He spoke out in favor of same-sex marriage even before his boss Barack Obama (59) did. Now Biden is the boss of the White House himself. After four years under Donald Trump, the LGBTQ community in the US has high hopes for him.
As the elected President of the United States, Biden has already promised many things that are important to the activists.
This includes:End the Trump administration's widespread exclusion of transgender people from the military; to ensure that government contractors should not be discriminated against on the basis of sexual orientation; and to create high-ranking positions to enforce LGBTQ rights in the Foreign Ministry, the National Security Council and other federal institutions.
This would reverse some of Donald Trump's anti-LGBT orders. Its government ensured, for example, that the protection of transgender people was weakened and that there are currently more opportunities to discriminate against lesbians, gays, bisexuals and transsexuals.
Already during the election campaign Biden put his finger in the wound: Trump and his vice Mike Pence (61) had "prepared a safe haven for hatred against LGBTQ + and reduced essential protection".
Equality Act is scheduled to go into effect in the first 100 days
To strengthen LGBTQ rights, Biden now wants to promote the Equality Act. The Equal Opportunities Act was passed in the House of Representatives last year, but got stuck in the Senate, which is dominated by Trump's Republicans. It aims to protect people nationwide against discrimination based on their sexual orientation and gender identity. So far, such comprehensive regulations only apply in 21, mainly democratically governed US states.
Biden has stated that he will enact the law within his first 100 days in the White House.
Whether he would have the backing in the Senate is currently open. Resistance to the law comes from the corner of conservative believers, among others. They see their religious beliefs threatened and fear that religious organizations will in future be forced to violate their own beliefs in their activities.
In addition, Biden agreed to create new government offices. It is expected that a representative of the LGBTQ community will also sit in the cabinet. Among the names that are traded, that of the former presidential candidate from South Bend, Indiana, the openly homosexual Pete Buttigieg (38), keeps falling.
Return to diversity and equality
Biden also promised a return to Obama's guidelines for public schools, which allow transgender students to access toilets according to their gender identity. The Trump administration had previously lifted this provision.
Biden's plans also include federal funding to combat violence against transgender people, as well as legal efforts to ban conversion therapy ("homo-healing") to minors.
Securing LGBTQ rights in US foreign policy should also play a major role, Biden assured.
It is foreseeable that Biden's plans will meet with resistance from Republicans. LGBTQ activists fear that Republican states could counteract this with their own anti-LGBTQ laws and measures. There are also concerns because the Supreme Court, with its current conservative majority, can make decisions that could dilute LGBTQ equality.
But there is also confidence in Biden's ability to reach the critics: Biden's call for unity is a positive signal for broader participation in the cause in the coming year, says Nathan Diament of the Orthodox Union Advocacy Center, which has already advised both Trump and Obama Has. Biden and his team are "well positioned to find a compromise".
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