President Joe Biden used his power of making law via Executive Order (EO) by issuing one entitled Advancing Equality for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, and Intersex Individuals
The Administration hopes the EO will buttress LGBTQ rights as they are under assault by state legislatures with bills seeking to reduce or eliminate recent LGBTQ victories and stymie progress for transgender rights.According to NBC News
, the EO will "direct federal health and education agencies to expand access to gender affirming care and advance LGBTQ-inclusive learning environments at American schools."
Among the major targets of Biden's EO is what is popularly known as "conversion therapy."
Debunked by the American Medical Association, American Psychological Association, American Academy of Pediatrics, among others, as "fake science," Republican-led legislatures want to allow parents and churches to continue the practice of conversion therapy.
This is despite evidence that conversion therapy, also sometimes known as a "gay cure" or "trans cure," is actually detrimental to the mental health of youth and young adults when forced to endure the quack practice at young ages.
Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the largest LGBTQ advocacy group in the U.S., cites over 320 anti-LGBTQ bills were introduced in state legislatures. Recent bills have banned the right of transgender persons from participating in school sports and impeded on transgender persons from receiving gender affirming healthcare.
President Biden signed the EO after saying, "We're in a battle for the soul of the nation."
He continued, "My message to all the young people: Just be you. You are loved. You are understood. You do belong."