64 things Joe Biden has done for the LGBTQ community during his first year in office

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Today marks the one-year anniversary of Joe Biden’s inauguration as the 46th President of the United States. Between working to undo his predecessor’s bigotry and fighting the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, Biden has also made numerous strides to uplift the LGBTQ community.

These 64 accomplishments below mark only the most notable of Biden’s pro-LGBTQ highlights from the last year. They don’t include all of the numerous out professionals he has assigned to federal agencies, his administration’s numerous comments in support of the LGBTQ community, or their behind-the-scenes actions to help broaden LGBTQ rights.

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Out performer Lady Gaga headlines Joe Biden & Kamala Harris’s inauguration (1/14/21)

Joe Biden picks gay former ambassador Rufus Gifford for prestigious position as Chief of Protocol (1/14/21)

The White House asks people to choose their pronouns now on website contact form (1/20/21)

Joe Biden adds another gay man to his administration as key environmental adviser (1/16/21)

Joe Biden signs sweeping executive order fighting anti-LGBTQ discrimination (1/21/21)

Joe Biden appoints Pete Buttigieg as the first out Cabinet secretary (1/21/21)

Joe Biden’s advocacy encouraged Brendan Cohen to come out. Now he’s running Biden’s social media. (1/24/21)

Biden administration reverses Trump official’s last-minute attempt to limit LGBTQ rights (1/25/21)

President Biden overturns the ban on transgender military personnel (1/25/21)

Joe Biden issues presidential memo protecting rights of LGBTQ people internationally (2/4/21)

White House “stands by” Joe Biden’s promise to sign the Equality Act in first 100 days (2/5/21)

Joe Biden reverses Trump’s transgender military ban (2/6/21)

Pete Buttigieg selects gay Indigenous aviation expert to work in Transportation Department (2/6/21)

Biden administration declares anti-LGBTQ credit discrimination illegal (3/10/21)

White House includes gay couple kissing in moving video about the pandemic (3/16/21)

Joe Biden appoints first out trans person to be confirmed by the Senate: Dr. Rachel Levine (3/24/21)

Joe Biden releases historic Transgender Day of Visibility presidential proclamation (3/31/21)

Out White House official Karine Jean-Pierre is the first Black woman to hold a briefing in 30 years (4/2/21)

Joe Biden addresses transgender community: “I see you, I hear you, and I’ll continue fighting” (4/8/21)

Joe Biden taps history-making gay police chief to lead Customs & Border Patrol (4/13/21)

Biden administration reverses Trump’s ban on rainbow flags at embassies (4/23/21)

The Biden administration is appointing two out women to the Defense Department (4/24/21)

Biden administration says it’s unconstitutional to put a trans woman in men’s prisons (4/26/21)

Joe Biden nominates out veteran Gina Ortiz Jones as Air Force Under Secretary (4/28/21)

Biden administration bans discrimination against LGBTQ people in healthcare (5/10/21)

Karine Jean-Pierre makes history as first gay woman to lead White House press briefing (5/26/21)

Joe Biden issues first Pride month proclamation to honor LGBTQ people “fighting to live freely” (6/1/21)

Joe Biden calls for increased funds to fight HIV (6/2/21)

The U.S. embassy at the Vatican is flying the Pride flag & the right is flipping out (6/3/21)

President Joe Biden honors “all those we have lost” in 40 years of the HIV/AIDS epidemic (6/6/2021)

A special Pride message from President Joe Biden & the First Lady (6/14/21)

Biden administration extends Title IX protections to LGBTQ students (6/16/21)

Biden administration tells court that states can’t ban trans girls from sports (6/17/21)

The White House installs an exhibit with LGBTQ artifacts & history for Pride Month (6/20/21)

The VA will make gender confirmation surgery available to trans veterans (6/21/2021)

Joe Biden tweets congratulations to two athletes who came out this week (6/23/21)

Biden declares “Pride is back at the White House” after designating Pulse a national memorial (6/25/21)

President Biden appoints Jessica Stern as the Special Envoy for LGBTQ Rights (6/25/21)

Biden administration will create non-binary X gender marker for U.S. passports (6/30/21)

Biden administration orders insurance companies to cover all costs associated with PrEP (7/20/21)

President Biden chooses out rabbi to serve on international religious commission (7/31/21)

President Biden appoints the first lesbian to ambassador-level position in history (7/6/21)

President Biden nominates out philanthropist to serve as Swiss ambassador (8/8/21)

Biden appoints two out advocates to help provide employment for people with disabilities (8/14/21)

Biden administration officials tell trans youth “Your rights at school matter. You matter.” (8/19/21)

President Biden nominates two out officials to economic posts in administration (9/18/21)

Joe Biden calls out anti-LGBTQ countries in UN speech (9/21)

President Biden names his nominee to take charge of global HIV & AIDS prevention (10/2/21)

Joe Biden sends love to LGBTQ people for National Coming Out Day (10/11/21)

Dr. Rachel Levine becomes first transgender four-star officer across all uniformed service branches (10/19/21)

President Biden endorses trans Virginia delegate Danica Roem for reelection (10/20/21)

Biden administration recognizes Intersex Awareness Day (10/26/21)

U.S. issues first passport with non-binary “X” gender marker in historic move (10/27/21)

Biden administration allows LGBTQ seniors to get Social Security benefits equally (11/2/21)

Jen Psaki calls the record number of trans people murdered in 2021 so far “devastating” (11/13/21)

Joe Biden’s Build Back Better Act will give tax refunds to some same-sex couples (11/18/21)

Biden signs anti-violence order recognizing Native Americans Two Spirits and LGBTQ people (11/18/21)

President Biden honors trans people lost to “horrifying” violence on Transgender Day of Remembrance (11/20/21)

President Biden nominates second out woman to federal appellate court (11/21/21)

Biden’s World AIDS Day proclamation mentions LGBTQ people in break from Trump (11/30/21)

Joe Biden appoints out gay man to lead the White House’s personnel office (12/11/21)

Senate confirms gay man as ambassador to Cameroon (12/21/21)

Out diplomat Rufus Gifford sworn into prestigious ceremonial role in State Department (1/8/22)

Biden administration to officially recognize trans & non-binary veterans’ genders (1/13/21)

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