Washington, DC – President Joe Biden on Saturday condemned hatred against the LGTBQ + population and called for tackling the “epidemic of violence” against transgender people, on the occasion of the fifth anniversary of the shooting at the Pulse nightclub in Orlando (Florida).
In a statement, Biden also asked to increase gun control in his country and confirmed that he will sign a law to turn into a “national monument” the bar where the worst attack against the LGTBQ + community in US history was recorded, a shooting that left 49 dead.
“We have to recognize the particular impact of gun violence on LGBTQ + communities across our country,” Biden said.
“We must end the hatred and inequalities that contribute to the epidemic of hate and violence against transgender women, especially non-white transgender women,” she added.
At least 44 transgender or gender non-binary people were shot or killed by other means in the United States in 2020, the deadliest year for that group in the last decade; and 28 others have died in the same way so far in 2021, according to the Human Rights Campaign (HRC).
Five years ago, we suffered the deadliest attack affecting the LGBTQ + community in our history. Within minutes, Pulse Nightclub turned from a place of acceptance and joy to a place of unspeakable pain.
As we remember those we lost, we must recommit to honoring them with action.
– President Biden (@POTUS) June 12, 2021
“We must create a world in which our LGBTQ + youth are loved, accepted and feel safe living according to their truth,” stressed Biden.
For this reason, he asked the Senate to “quickly” approve the Equality Law, already endorsed by the House of Representatives last February and which would prohibit “discrimination based on sex, sexual orientation and gender identity” in public spaces and in public spaces. federally funded social programs.
In addition, he insisted that Congress should “prohibit assault weapons and large capacity ammunition magazines,” resurrecting a national veto of such rifles that was approved in the United States in 1994, but expired in 2004 without the Congress will renew it.
And he stressed that the Senate must approve three bills that have already received the approval of the Lower House and that would close the legal loopholes in the background check system of gun buyers, among other measures.
It is unlikely that any of those measures will garner the 60 votes necessary to succeed in the Senate, where the very narrow Democratic minority should convince 10 Republicans to join them.
Regarding the shooting in Pulse, which is five years old this Saturday, Biden recalled that a few days later he visited the area as vice president, impacted by this act of hatred against “young, black, Asian and Latino people”, many of them they of Puerto Rican origin.
The president confirmed that in the next few days he will sign a law endorsed by both houses of Congress to turn Pulse into a “national monument”, which “will make it clear” that this nightclub is now a “sacred territory.”