FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE JUNE 17, 2022 CONTACT: Cathy Renna, Communications Director, National LGBTQ Task Force, 917-757-6123 NATIONAL LGBTQ TASK FORCE STATEMENT ON BIDEN ADMINISTRATION’S PRIDE MONTH EXECUTIVE ORDER Washington, DC……Yesterday, along with LGBTQI+ families, advocates, elected officials, and leaders, the National LGBTQ Task Force attended the White House LGBTQ Pride Month event hosted by President and Dr.
Biden. The Task Force was represented by Mayra Hidalgo Salazar, Deputy Executive Director, and Liz Seaton, Policy Director. While there, President Biden signed a new “Executive Order (EO) on Advancing Equality for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex Individuals.” The EO broadly outlines plans, initiatives or recommendations by 10+ federal agencies on so-called “conversion therapy”; disparities LGBTQI+ youth face in foster care; misuse of child welfare agencies to target LGBTQI+ youth, adults and families; mental health needs of LGBTQI+ youth; greater supports for LGBTQI+ students; discrimination/barriers in health care, including reproductive health and gender-affirming care; rights of older adults; and homelessness and housing instability.
A complete analysis will take time. So will our ability to tell whether people’s daily lives improve from EO implementation.
Here is what we can say today about the EO: In response to the spate of anti-LGBTQ state laws, includes efforts by the Department of Health and Human Services to work with states to expand access to gender affirming care and the Department of Education to promote guidance, technical assistance, training, promising practices for states.