Joe Biden has made strong promises to support the LGBTQ+ community, which could include a reversal of the trans military ban.
The president-elect has reiterated his campaign message of allowing transgender individuals to enlist for service. He has also promised to integrate the LGBTQ+ community further into the fabric of American government.
By countering Trump’s imposed ban, Biden aims to support transgender and non-binary people in the workforce to ensure a clamp down on discrimination.
This policy of discrimination and prejudice extends to Trump’s transgender military ban; the Democrat is seeking to reverse this ruling. Alongside this, Biden has promised to tackle the policy allowing federally funded shelters ability to turn away transgender people.
The presidential hopeful is also working to undo stigma imposed on the LGBTQ+ community and to open up accessibility to resources. This promise would reverse the Department of Defences policies which unfair discriminate against those living with HIV and Trump-Pence’s Deploy or Get Out policy which, again, targets HIV positive individuals.
Shannon Minter, the legal director for the National Center for Lesbian Rights, hopes the reversal of the 2019 ban will come swiftly: “I hope and expect it will be one of the first things he does.”
In a policy document, the Biden campaign said Trump and Vice President Mike Pence “have given hate against LGBTQ+ individuals safe harbor and rolled back critical protections.”
The presidential-elect is also working to undo stigma imposed on the LGBTQ+ community and to open up accessibility to resources and has also pledged to enact a landmark Equality Act bill during his first 100 days of presidency.
The Act in question is commonly referred to as the Equality Act which aims to prohibit discrimination on the basis of sex, gender identity, and sexual orientation, and for other purposes.
With tall order to deliver, it looks like the Democrat is looking to roll out a fresh wave of change.
For many, this will come as no surprise as Biden’s campaign was build on the appeal of being anti-Trump, with the campaign going as far to called the Republican administration as “discriminatory and detrimental to our national security”.