President Joe Biden released a statement on Monday to celebrate “Coming Out Day,” expressing love and acceptance for the LGBTQ+ community and celebrating his administration’s legislative wins on behalf of the movement, all while simultaneously ripping Republicans for passing “discriminatory” and “anti-LGBTQ+” bills.
But conservative groups quickly shot back.
Biden used the statement as an opportunity to give himself a not-so-subtle pat on the back for his administration’s hiring and representation of LGBTQ+ individuals, for enabling qualified transgender Americans to serve in the military, and for defending the human rights of LGBTQ+ people around the world.
The president, who couldn’t leave it at that, then used the message as an opportunity to attack conservative lawmakers whom he tied to the “bullying and harassment” LGBTQ people face.
“Anti-LGBTQ+ bills still proliferate in state legislatures. Bullying and harassment — particularly of young transgender Americans and LGBTQ+ people of color — still abounds, diminishing our national character,” Biden wrote in his statement before attempting to call for national unity.
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“We must continue to stand together against these acts of hate, and stand up to protect the rights, opportunities, physical safety, and mental health of LGBTQ+ people everywhere,” Biden preached.
“From defeating discriminatory bills to passing the Equality Act, we have more work to do to ensure that every American can live free of fear, harassment, and discrimination because of who they are or whom they love,” the president concluded with a call to action.
For conservative groups, treating those in the LQBTQ+ community with the same decency afforded to others in society is not the issue. Rather, it is the many measures radical lawmakers are trying to pass under the guise of support, acceptance, and promotion of the LGBTQ+ movement.
“This is yet another example of President Biden choosing the side of extremists on the Left. He has used his Justice Department to go after Texas lawmakers who fought to protect unborn children whose hearts are already beating and launched politicized lawsuits smearing voter ID laws as ‘racist,'” Garrett Bess, vice president at Heritage Action, wrote in a statement to Fox News.
“Now he is attacking state legislators and forcing his radical views on those who disagree with his so-called ‘Equality’ Act that would endanger women and girls and strip parents of the ability to help their children navigate important life decisions,” Bess added, arguing against the controversial “Equality Act” which renders moot the Religious Freedom Restoration Act of 1993.
Bess called on states to fight back against the administration’s power grab.
“Every person should be treated with dignity and respect. Our laws should protect the constitutionally guaranteed freedoms of every citizen, no matter who they are. Unfortunately, coercive sexual orientation and gender identity laws, like the so-called Equality Act, undermine both fairness and freedom, targeting those whose views the government doesn’t like,” Greg Baylor, senior counsel at Alliance Defending Freedom, told Fox News.
Baylor argues a point that has been lost in the recent culture wars– that disagreement does not equal discrimination.
“Disagreement is not discrimination. From day one, the Biden administration made it clear that it would deny female athletes fair competition, ignore women’s unique health needs, and force vulnerable girls to share intimate spaces with men who identify as female. That is not equality. Laws that flatten or ignore any and all differences between men and women harm all of us,” the senior counsel added.
Others argue that dollar signs and big Pharma are behind Biden’s legislative focus on LGBTQ+ people.
“‘Standing up to protect the opportunities, physical safety, and mental health’ of those who identify as LGBTQ means a whole lot more – and something wholly different – from what President Biden thinks it means,” Jennifer Bauwens, a former trauma clinician and current director of the Center for Family Studies at the Family Research Council, pointed out.
“There isn’t good evidence to support the claim that those struggling with the deep pain of gender dysphoria experience lasting mental health benefits from what is being offered in most gender clinics – removing healthy sexual organs and body parts or going on puberty blockers and hormones,” Bauwens told Fox News.
There is startling data that supports Bauwens’ take. She cites one study that found that rates of childhood abuse are exceptionally high among those who identify as LGBT, and that those who identify as transgender face depression and anxiety rates two to three times higher than the general population.
Biden vowed in his statement that his “Administration will always have [LGBTQ+ community’s] back, and [he] will continue fighting for the full measure of equality, dignity, and respect you deserve.”
While on the surface, it may seem that the Biden administration’s support for the LGBTQ+ movement is pure and unwavering, there may be more hands in the pot that stand to profit off the movement than Democrats would like to recognize.
“Those who do stand to benefit from these ‘solutions’ are the surgical and pharmaceutical industries, which are expected to enjoy a steep growth curve over the next ten years. Those identifying as LGBT deserve better than political platitudes and blockades to real treatment innovation and therapeutic options,” Bauwens argued in her case for fair treatment of LGBTQ+ people– a case that Democrats will likely still find a way to call racist.
Biden’s intimidation tactics against conservative lawmakers come at a time when his legacy of bipartisanship is on the line as Democrats attempt to shove a massive reconciliation package stuffed with radical left wishlist items through Congress.
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