Biden tells LGBT community to hold Trump accountable

Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHouse unravels with rise of 'Les Enfants Terrible' Sanders to call on 2020 Democrats to reject money from drug, health insurance industries Harris tops Biden in California 2020 poll MORE is telling the LGBT community to hold President Trump’s administration accountable for his “pledge” to be an ally. 

"Hold President Trump accountable for his pledge to be your friend," Biden told a private LGBT gala hosted by the Democratic National Committee in New York, according to the The Associated Press.

"Just because you don't have Barack and me in the White House doesn't mean it's time to give up, keep quiet, stay on the sidelines."


Biden did not lash out at Trump directly, but he did criticize the GOP and homophobic policies around the world, including “corrective rape” and “conversion therapy.” 

The Trump administration in February rolled back protections for transgender students instituted by the Obama administration that allowed students to use school bathrooms and locker rooms that correspond to their gender identities.

"Transgender Americans are under attack from state legislatures from North Carolina to Texas," Biden added, citing legislation "targeting young people, kids who are just trying to attend school."

DNC finance chairman Henry Munoz introduced Biden, who officiated Munoz's same-sex wedding last month. 

The Trump administration said in January that the president is "determined to protect the rights of all Americans, including the LGBTQ community."

"President Trump continues to be respectful and supportive of LGBTQ rights, just as he was throughout the election," a White House statement said at the time.