While the Trump administration continues to occupy itself with rolling back protections for LGBTQ individuals, former Vice President Joe Biden is working to lift those individuals up. The Biden Family Foundation has launched a campaign to support family acceptance of LGBTQ young people, pushed that direction by some of the cultural work that still needs to be done following legislative developments.
Gay marriage has been made legal in all 50 states, and significant steps have been taken to curtail discrimination of LGBTQ people in workplaces and schools. However, at times, discrimination still makes itself widely known, simmering under the surface in places while surface level progress continues to be made.
In a Biden Family Foundation video, a number of stars share:
‘Despite this progress, far too many LGBTQ folks continue to face rejection at home and discrimination in their communities. This kind of rejection leads to heartbreaking outcomes. 40% of homeless youth identify as LGBTQ. Many of them have been kicked out of their homes or no longer find it safe to stay at home.’
As the individuals in a promotional video shared by the foundation also share, the pressure put on LGBTQ young people contributes to such individuals experiencing suicidal ideation at significantly higher rates than their heterosexual peers. Over 40 percent of specifically bisexual teenagers surveyed in a recent year had planned suicide, according to a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study.
In light of these issues, Biden and others in a video shared by his foundation explained:
‘We’ll use our resources to highlight the harms of family rejection and lift up research, best practices, and personal stories to show the importance of family acceptance. Stories like these have incredible power.’
Watch it below.
Via their website, the Biden Family Foundation is accepting stories of individuals’ experiences with either LGBTQ rejection or acceptance, asking how the experience has impacted one’s life and why it’s broadly important to them.
The initiative boasts the support of prominent members of the Biden Family Foundation’s LGBTQ Advisory Council including Family Acceptance Project Director Dr. Caitlin Ryan, Matthew Shepard Foundation co-founder Judy Shepard, Two Spirits, One Heart author Marsha Aizumi, and CEO & Executive Director of The Trevor Project Amit Paley.
Biden’s efforts stand in stark contrast to the Trump administration’s policy maneuvers.
Following the resignation of Anthony Kennedy, Donald Trump nominated Brett Kavanaugh to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court. The Human Rights Campaign denounced Kavanaugh just recently as “a direct threat to the constitutional rights of everyday Americans and for the LGBTQ community in particular.”
Kavanaugh awaits confirmation at present, and in theory, his nomination could be blocked if Democrats manage to take control of the U.S. Senate come the midterm elections later this year.
The Trump administration continues its assault on LGBTQ rights through other means, however.
Prominently, they continue to seek to ban transgender individuals from serving in the U.S. military, although that attempted block has been shot down in the court system.
The Center for American Progress has denounced the Trump administration as having “systematically redefined and expanded the right to religious exemptions, creating broad carve-outs to a host of vital health, labor, and anti-discrimination protections.” Those rights to religious exemptions benefit conservative Christians at the expense of minorities like LGBTQ individuals, the center explains. You’d hope that a president of the United States would represent all Americans, but the current administration has not.
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