Biden’s Pride Banner Is Balm To The Wounds From Last Administration
President Joe Biden is embracing Pride month, and many Americans are breathing a sigh of relief. There’s a lot more to supporting LGBTQ+ citizens than waving a flag and saying the right words at a podium, but under Biden, there are signs of change and it makes a difference.
In 2019 NBC News reported on the then-president’s claim that the LGBTQ+ community supported him and liked his policies — even as those policies banned transgender Americans from the military, and supported discrimination against LGBTQ+ people in the workplace.
Now, President Biden has begun to undo some of those policies, and he’s also openly expressing support for Pride Month. Check out his Twitter banner.
The White House has one, too:
Similar images can be seen on other social media connected to the administration, including Instagram and Facebook pages.
Of course, there’s still plenty that could be done from the highest office in the nation to further equality and freedom, and activists are lobbying for a lot more change during this term. Still, it’s clear that the open expression of support in itself is soothing to some of the hurt that happened over the past administration.
— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) June 5, 2021
@POTUS thank you for the Pride banner. It’s so nice to have a decent human being in the White House again! 🏳️🌈❤️🧡💛💚💙💜🏳️🌈
— Bat Morda (she/her)🏳️🌈 (@BatMorda) June 5, 2021
— Pinky despises traitors #Resist 🆘️ (@pfefer_r) June 3, 2021
— Top Gay Newz (@topgaynewz) June 5, 2021
I love President Biden’s banner!
— KID VICIOUS🔪 (@kirkacevedo) June 5, 2021
In terms of actual legislative action, American Progress has a list, including an executive order ensuring that Federal laws preventing discrimination on the basis of sex also apply to gender identity and sexual orientation, repealing the transgender military ban, and establishing the Gender Policy Council to tackle systemic discrimination.