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Biden administration sets up group to address needs of trans Americans

Rachel Badham July 5, 2021

The White House recently announced the formation of a governmental group that will be working across all state departments to advance the rights of transgender Americans. An official statement explained that the Interagency Working Group on Safety, Inclusion, and Opportunity for Transgender Americans was set up to “help drive federal responses” to the high levels of violence and discrimination that trans people are facing. 

The group is now due to review policies “that are upstream drivers of violence and poverty for transgender individuals, including homelessness, employment discrimination, violence and abuse, and bullying and rejection at school.” The White House also released a toolkit to outline practices that support trans inclusion and equality. All government departments will be following these steps while also providing resources for trans people who have faced discrimination. 

Joe Biden

President Joe Biden has shown support for the trans community during Pride month, tweeting: “To transgender Americans across the country — especially the young people who are so brave — I want you to know your President has your back. During Pride Month — and all the time.” At the beginning of June, he issued his first official Pride proclamation, breaking years of silence from the Trump administration.