The Human Rights Campaign usually holds a gala every year that brings supporters of LGBTQ rights together, but the pandemic forced the event to be held virtually this year. That didn’t prevent Vice President Joe Biden from speaking to the event, however, and he spoke about the need to move forward on equality through things like passing the Equality Act in the first 100 days of his administration.
“You deserve a partner in the White House to fight with conviction and win the battlers ahead,” he said. “Together we’ll pass the Equality Act, protect LGBTQ youth, expand access to health care, support LGBTQ workers, win full rights for transgender Americians, recommit to ending the HIV/AIDS epidemic by 2025, and advance LGBT rights around the globe, not just at home.”
“For four years, Donald Trump has tried to rollback protections for the LGBT community. denying access to health care, denying transgender Americans the chance to serve our country, letting adoption agencies and homeless shelters and other public services discriminate, turning a blind eye to the epidemic of violence against transgender women of color,” the former Vice President added. “The White House should never be a source of opposition or fear or oppression. It should be a source of hope and moral courage and unification.”
In addition to the horrible record Trump has, Republicans have actively been campaigning against basic civil rights for the LGBTQ community. Former GOP presidential candidate Michelle Bachmann, for instance, went on conservative talk radio to specifically bash Biden for supporting the Equality Act. She claimed “it’s really the Inequality Act” because it “would add the words ‘sexual orientation’ and gender identity’ to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 and 1965.”
Bachmann went on to claim protecting the basic civil rights of LGBTQ people would mean “we’ll be punished for what the bible says.” This type of fear mongering clearly shows she has no idea what the law actually says because the Equality Act absolutely cannot be interpreted as meaning people will be punished for quoting the bible.
Of course, while all of this is going on, Trump has claimed he’s the “most pro-gay president in American history” despite his administration denying funding to schools that support trans students, pushing policies preventing trans people from seeking services at homeless shelters, rolling back protections that blocked health care companies from denying life saving medical care to trans people, and saying companies should be able to fire someone or deny them housing based solely on their sexual orientation or gender identity.
When you get down to it, however, the record speaks for itself. Despite Trump using a poll on a hook up app to claim he has the support of the LGBTQ community, the GOP has actively worked against basic civil rights and Joe Biden and the Democrats are the ones who’ve taken the time to the community and pass legislation promoting equality.