Biden pledges to reinstate Obama-era protections in LGBTQ plan

Biden pledges to reinstate Obama-era protections in LGBTQ plan
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Former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenDonald Trump Jr. to self-publish book 'Liberal Privilege' before GOP convention Tom Price: Here's how we can obtain more affordable care The Memo: Democrats feel rising tide in Florida MORE pledged to reinstate Obama-era LGBTQ protections in his equality plan released Thursday. 

“Hate and discrimination against LGBTQ+ people started long before [President] Trump and [Vice President Mike] Pence took office. Defeating them will not solve the problem, but it is an essential first step in order to resume our march toward equality,” the Biden campaign said in the plan

Biden’s proposal calls for undoing several actions Trump has taken in his first term in office, including Trump’s ban on allowing transgender individuals from serving openly in the military. Biden’s campaign called the policy “discriminatory and detrimental to our national security.” 

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Biden also pledged to ensure federally funded homeless shelters provide housing to individuals according to their gender identity. 

Biden promised to enact the Equality Act during his first 100 days in office and ensure “immediate and full enforcement” of the act across all federal departments and agencies. 

The plan would also protect LGBTQ individuals from employment discrimination by reaffirming that the Civil Rights Act prohibits employment discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity and by ending employment discrimination in the federal government. 

Biden’s release of his LGBTQ plan comes as he enters what’s becoming a two-person race, with him and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersBiden wins Louisiana primary Oh, Canada: Should the US emulate Canada's National Health Service? Trump glosses over virus surge during Florida trip MORE (I-Vt.). Biden has a slight lead in delegates after Super Tuesday wins. 

Biden was boosted in Super Tuesday races after moderate candidates Sen. Amy KlobucharAmy KlobucharThe Hill's Coronavirus Report: Fauci says focus should be on pausing reopenings rather than reverting to shutdowns; WHO director pleads for international unity in pandemic response State election officials warn budget cuts could lead to November chaos Biden strikes populist tone in blistering rebuke of Trump, Wall Street MORE (D-Minn.) and former South Bend, Ind., Mayor Pete ButtigiegPete ButtigiegBiden campaign hires top cybersecurity officials to defend against threats Biden strikes populist tone in blistering rebuke of Trump, Wall Street Buttigieg's new book, 'Trust,' slated for October release MORE dropped out and endorsed him. 

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth WarrenTrump defends Roger Stone move: He was target of 'Witch Hunt' Democrats blast Trump for commuting Roger Stone: 'The most corrupt president in history' Pharma pricing is a problem, but antitrust isn't the (only) solution MORE (D-Mass.), one of the most progressive elected Democrats, dropped out of the race Thursday after disappointing finishes in early primary states. Warren said she will not immediately endorse a candidate.