Biden to sign memo on protecting LGBTQ rights worldwide

Biden to sign memo on protecting LGBTQ rights worldwide
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President Biden plans to sign a presidential memorandum on protecting the rights of LGBTQ individuals across the globe.

White House national security adviser Jake SullivanJake SullivanHillicon Valley: China implicated in Microsoft breach | White House adds Big Tech critic | QAnon unfazed after false prediction White House calls Microsoft email breach an 'active threat' The Hill's Morning Report - Presented by Facebook - Virus relief bill headed for weekend vote MORE told reporters Thursday that Biden would announce the memo during remarks at the State Department later in the afternoon.

“It reflects his deep commitment to these issues both here in the United States and everywhere around the world. The United States will speak out and act on behalf of these rights as we go,” Sullivan told reporters at a White House press briefing.


Biden campaigned on a pledge to pass LGBTQ rights legislation known as the Equality Act within his first 100 days as president and to make LGBTQ rights a top priority of his administration. His plan included protecting LGBTQ people from discrimination, ensuring fair treatment in the justice system and advancing LGBTQ rights globally.

The Equality Act, which was first introduced in 2015, would protect LGBTQ individuals from discrimination in housing, employment, education and other settings.

The Trump administration was criticized by rights groups for weakening multiple protections for LGBTQ individuals. Shortly after taking office last month, Biden repealed former President TrumpDonald TrumpBiden to sign executive order aimed at increasing voting access Albany Times Union editorial board calls for Cuomo's resignation Advocates warn restrictive voting bills could end Georgia's record turnout MORE’s ban on most transgender people serving in the U.S. military.

Biden also signed an executive order on preventing LGBTQ people from discrimination that broadly interprets the landmark Supreme Court ruling that employees are protected from discrimination by the Civil Rights Act of 1964 on the basis of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

White House press secretary Jen PsakiJen Psaki Cruz puts hold on Biden's CIA nominee US refugee agency sees record number of migrants in February Democrats gear up for PR battle on COVID-19 relief MORE told reporters Thursday that Biden “stands by” his pledge to sign the Equality Act in his first 100 days but noted that Congress would need to take action to pass a bill first.

During his remarks at the State Department later Thursday, Biden is expected to focus on his commitment to diplomacy and touch broadly on his foreign policy and national security agenda.