Following his recent election President Joe Biden has made “sweeping promises” to LGBT activists to “carry out virtually every proposal” that LGBT activists have pushed for in recent years. According to Associated Press (AP) Biden’s agenda includes allowing individuals who identify as transgender to enlist in the military, as well as allow trans-identified servicemen to enter women’s-only areas (and vice versa), and cover the cost of trans-surgeries and cross-sex hormones for members of the military. He also plans to require all government contractors to not have LGBT discrimination policies, and will create LGBT rights positions at the State Department, National Security Agency, and other federal agencies.
According to Biden “The Equality Act is the best vehicle for ensuring equal rights under the law for LGBTQ+ Americans, and will guarantee that LGBTQ+ individuals are protected under existing civil rights laws.” The Equality Act, the passage of which Biden has vowed to make a “top legislative priority” during his first 100 days in office, has received criticism from conservatives over its implications for religious liberty. Meanwhile, many female athletes, including progressives, have expressed concern that the legislation will put biological female athletes at a disadvantage by allowing biological males who identify as female to compete in women’s sports. The Equality Act, which passed in the Democrat-controlled House last year, failed to become law after stalling in the Republican-controlled Senate.
Pending the passage of the Equality Act, Biden plans to take several executive actions such as rolling back “broad exemptions” to non-discrimination laws that he argues allow “businesses, medical providers, social service agencies, state and local government officials, and others to discriminate against LGBTQ+ people.” Among the things this plan would do is require medical staff to perform elective procedures on trans-identified individuals even if doing so goes against their religious beliefs. Biden has also vowed to ban “adoption and foster care agencies that discriminate against LGBTQ+ families” from receiving federal funds. Biden has also announced his intention to “work with civil rights leaders to develop implicit bias training programs for federal workers to address discrimination based on race, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or disability.”
A Biden administration would “direct the Department of Defence to allow transgender service members to serve openly, receive needed medical treatment, and be free from discrimination.” Additionally, Biden would work to “ensure all transgender individuals have access to identification documents that accurately reflect their gender identity” by giving individuals the option to change their gender marker to “M,” “F,” or “X” on government documents. Biden has also promised to restore Obama-era guidance that allows trans-identified students to use bathrooms, locker rooms and showers that correspond to their chosen gender identity as opposed to their biological gender. The Biden policy document also calls for a ban on “conversion therapy” and counselling for unwanted same-sex attraction.
Biden claims that “conversion therapy” is “deeply harmful, highly unscientific, and often leads to trauma.” Last month, a three-judge panel on the 11th Circuit Court of Appeals ruled that bans on SOCE therapy in Palm Beach County and Boca Raton, Florida, were unconstitutional. While the majority of Biden’s LGBT agenda focuses on domestic policy, the former vice president has also signalled a desire to make LGBT activism a centre-piece of his foreign policy, proposing a series of new positions in the executive branch dedicated to achieving this goal. Proposed positions include: “a point person for LGBTQ+ rights on the National Security Council, a “Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBTQ+ Persons at the Department of State,” and a “Special Coordinator in charge of international LGBTQ+ programming at USAID.”
Source: Christian Post