The president of United States, Joe Bidensigned an executive order this Wednesday to persecute the so-called sexual “conversion therapies” and allocate more resources to the mental health of the LGTBIQ+ collective.
“We are in a battle for the soul of this nation. A battle I know we will win!”he exclaimed Biden at an event at the White House to celebrate the Pridesurrounded by young people from the collective.
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The order urges government agencies to “use the full force of the federal government” to confront those practices -which may include torture-, to force people LGTBIQ+ to give up their sexuality.
The order also criticizes laws passed in Republican-ruled states like Texas, where offering gender-affirming health care to minors is considered child abuse, and urges the Health Department to uphold “the rights of families and children.” to access healthcare.
Also, asks to allocate funds for mental health services aimed at preventing suicide, a serious problem among young people living in states where laws limit the rights of LGTBIQ+ people, and to fight thebullying” who often suffer.
during signing Biden was surrounded by young people from the collective, including Javier Gómez, an 18-year-old activist who introduced the president at the beginning of the ceremony.
“I am an 18-year-old gay and proud American-Venezuelan from Miami, Florida”said the boy when he introduced himself, to which those attending the event erupted in cheers.
Gomez organized a student strike at his high school to protest the law “Don’t say gay” approved in the state of Florida, which prohibits public school teachers from talking about sexual orientation and identity to students in the first grades of elementary school.
The young man explained that one of his biggest supporters growing up was his openly gay fifth-grade teacher, who convinced him that there was nothing wrong with being gay. “I fear that other students in Florida and across the country are not able to receive the same support because of hate-filled legislation,” Gomez said.
Also present at the event were authorities such as the first lady, Jill Biden, the US vice president, Kamala Harris, and her husband, Douglas Emhoff, and the Democratic leaders in Congress, Nancy Pelosi and Chuck Schumer.
After signing the document, Biden gave the pen with which he stamped his signature to Gómezwho put his hand to his heart, thanked the president for the detail.
The Pride celebration returned to the White House in 2021, with the arrival to the presidency of Joe Biden, since it was not held during the term of his predecessor, Donald Trump (2017-2021).