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Tue Apr 9, 2019, 03:10 PM

 

Biden Foundation Pillar: Ensuring LGBTQ Equality

EQUAL RIGHTS FOR ALL

In America, everyone is entitled to be treated with dignity and respect, regardless of who they are or whom they love. Over the past decade, we’ve made remarkable progress on the journey toward full equality. LGBTQ people are now protected by a federal hate crimes law, no longer banned from serving in the military, and free to marry nationwide.

But important work remains if we are to achieve equality for all Americans. The LGBTQ community still lacks protections in employment, housing, and public accommodations. LGBTQ youth face discrimination and harassment every day in their classrooms, communities, and even in their own homes. Transgender people are not only being targeted by legislators challenging their right to exist in public spaces, but they also continue to face pervasive violence in their daily lives. And in many places around the world, LGBTQ individuals still face criminalization, torture, and even death, simply because of their sexual orientation or gender identity.

We are at a critical juncture in our nation’s history. Now is not the time to back down. Now is the time to stand up and keep fighting for equal treatment, dignity, and justice for all people — both here at home and around the world. Vice President Joe Biden has played a unique role throughout his years of public service, championing progress and prosperity for all. The Biden Foundation will build on that work, continuing Joe’s fight for equality that began in the civil rights era and extends to his leadership on LGBTQ equality today.


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Vice President Biden receives Courage Award for lifetime of anti-violence work

Here at the Biden Foundation, we seek to expand equality and fairness for all people. This guiding principle informs our work in two key areas — ending violence against women and securing LGBTQ equality — and the powerful intersections between them.

Joe Biden often refers to the passage of the Violence Against Women Act (VAWA) as his proudest legislative achievement. Signed into law in 1994, the legislation was groundbreaking in raising awareness about domestic and sexual violence, and directing resources to states and local communities. Joe Biden said from the beginning that the law was only a first step and would improve over time as we learned more about gender-based violence. In 2013, in response to new data showing equally high rates of violence in LGBTQ communities, Congress added nondiscrimination language into VAWA to ensure that LGBTQ survivors would be served in all VAWA programs.

The significance of this cannot be understated — it was the first, and is still the only — time that anti-discrimination protections based on actual or perceived sexual orientation or gender identity were enshrined in federal law.

The New York City Anti-Violence Project (AVP) led the coalition of advocacy groups that helped push these VAWA nondiscrimination provisions through Congress. Since 1980, AVP has been empowering LGBTQ communities and allies to end all forms of violence through organizing and education, and supporting survivors through counseling and advocacy.


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A letter to my son

By Deborah Munn

Note: This blog post is a letter from Deborah to her son Charlie, one of two men denied service at Masterpiece Cakeshop. Deborah, who works in human resources, lives in the San Francisco Bay area, and has been a volunteer advocate for more than 40 years for religious freedom, wildlife, civil rights, and equal rights. She is the mother of three sons and three wonderful grandchildren.


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