Republicans are starting to gear up for the 2024 U.S. presidential race, with LGBTQ+ rights likely to be a key issue as candidates set out their pitches for the top job.
President Joe Biden has been hailed as a champion of the LGBTQ+ community – from signing an act into law that provides federal protections for same-sex marriage, to issuing executive orders to prevent anti-LGBTQ+ discrimination and protect trans youth.
Biden has said he plans to stand for re-election, though he has not yet made a definitive announcement. He is likely to face a stiff challenge from Republicans, who have often sought to curb LGBTQ+ rights in a resurgent culture war over the issue.
It comes as LGBTQ+ people also fear their rights could be whittled away by the Supreme Court, which has a 6-3 conservative majority following justice appointments made by former President Donald Trump.