On Wednesday, he finally used his office’s power and took some first steps to protect the transgender children who are being used as pawns by cruel and bigoted adults in their political squabbles with other adults.
Biden signed an executive order that the Texas Tribune reports will “enhance protections for transgender children and take steps to ban conversion therapy as efforts continue in Texas and other states to restrict gender-affirming medical care.”
The executive order calls on the U.S. Department of Education and the Department of Health and Human Services to increase access to gender-affirming care and develop ways to counter state efforts aimed at limiting such treatments for transgender minors.
Admiral Rachel Levine, the Assistant Secretary for Health at the Department of Health and Human Services, is the first openly transgender high-ranking administration official for any president. Her words on the executive action were clear, blunt, and powerful.
“I have no room in my heart for hatred and I have no time for intolerance, but we don’t live in a world where everyone feels that way, and this administration understands that more action is needed,” she said, per Politico.
“Today’s executive order continues the Biden administration’s work against prejudice and makes it easier for people living in this country to live their lives openly and freely without fear of harassment, scorn or attack.”
Get Loud. Be Blunt. Stick Up For Kids.
Every responsible adult should borrow Levine’s attitude at this moment, and remember that this executive action is not, by itself, enough.
Twitter accounts like Libs of TikTok regularly publicize LGBTQ+ and other “left wing” events for their allies in neo-Nazi groups like the seditious Proud Boys, Oath Keepers, and Patriot Front to plan attacks, according to the Southern Poverty Law Center, which tracks extremist groups.
It’s a Matter of Life or Death
If your Texan friend has a transgender child, they’re being smeared as a child abuser and being threatened with legal action.
If you know any transgender people in Florida, regardless of age, their access to health care is now under threat of being taken away.
Mark Burns, a Trump-allied pastor and South Carolina Republican candidate for the U.S. House of Representatives, went on television this week to call for the execution of LGBTQ+ people, and transgender people in particular.
These children’s lives are being threatened en masse. Don’t listen to a single adult who belittles or demeans a child’s existence. All kids deserve peace and a hassle-free childhood so they can grow into healthy and happy adults.
What is currently happening in this country is, instead, the early stages of genocide.
Rob Samuelson is a Staff Writer at Education Post and Digital Media Manager for the brightbeam network.