President Joe Biden to mark Transgender Day of Visibility with new actions

WASHINGTON – President Joe Biden commemorates Transgender Day of Visibility by celebrating prominent trans Americans and defending what his government calls “dangerous legislative attacks on trans people” that have taken place in government buildings across the country.

Biden announces new measures Thursday to make federal government more inclusive of trans people, including a new gender “X” in U.S. passport applications beginning April 11 and new Transportation Neutral scanners as neutral to sex.

The Democratic president’s government is working to extend the availability of the “X” gender index to airlines and federal travel programs and will make it easier for trans people to change their gender details in Social Security records.

Visitors to the White House will soon also be able to select an “X” gender index option in the White House Employee and Visitor Entry System, which is used to conduct history checks for guests at the mansion.

“Trans Americans continue to face discrimination, harassment and barriers to opportunity,” Biden wrote in a statement on the day. “Last year, hundreds of anti-transgender bills were introduced in the United States across America, most of them targeting trans children. The onslaught continued this year. These bills are wrong.”

Biden also planned to release a videotaped message to trans Americans on Thursday.

“Risk!” Champion Amy Schneider, the first openly trans winner in the quiz, will visit the White House on Thursday to meet with second-place finisher Doug Emhoff. Emhoff, along with Admiral Rachel Levine, Assistant Secretary of Health at the Department of Health and Human Services, will also host a discussion with trans children and their parents at the White House.

In Florida, Education Secretary Miguel Cardona will meet with LGBTQ + students in the wake of the state’s new law banning teaching about sexual orientation and gender identity in kindergarten until the third grade. Republicans say parents should discuss these issues with their children. Democrats have said the law demonizes LGBTQ people by excluding them from classroom classes.

“Their discussion will focus on the implications of the so-called Florida Do Not Say Homosexual Bill, student experiences at school and, in particular, support for the mental health and well-being of LGBTQI + students,” the White House said.

HHS, the White House said, would also be the first agency to carry a trans pride flag.

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