Biden-Harris Administration Poised to Usher In New Era of Progress for LGBTQ+ People and People Living with HIV

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January 20, 2021

Today, Lambda Legal CEO Kevin Jennings released the following statement on the inauguration of the Biden-Harris administration:

“Today’s inauguration of the Biden-Harris administration starts an important, new chapter for LGBTQ+ people and people living with HIV. At the heart of the Biden-Harris administration’s priorities is restoring equality, dignity, and justice to the many marginalized and impacted communities who have lived in the crosshairs of Trump’s malice and vitriol for the past four years. After decades of progress in the fight to secure important rights, LGBTQ+ people found themselves more vulnerable than ever, as Trump and his allies mounted an aggressive, four-year campaign of cruelty that sought to undermine and dismantle important protections against discrimination, and to ultimately erase us — along with so many others.

“But it’s a new day in America. The Biden-Harris administration is already poised to usher in a new era for LGBTQ+ people, not only by undoing the devastation wrought by Trump’s policies, but by pioneering and championing unprecedented efforts that send an important signal to LGBTQ+ people everywhere: That we deserve fair treatment, equitable representation, freedom from discrimination, and equal dignity in the eyes of the law. As we struggle to combat and contain a pandemic and public health crisis that has already claimed the lives of more than 400,000 Americans, the importance of the work that lies ahead cannot be understated.

“Lambda Legal stands ready to help and support this administration in turning a new page in our nation’s history, and restoring the values that are so important to who we are as a nation. For nearly half a century, Lambda Legal has been on the frontlines of the fight for civil rights through litigation, education, and advocacy. Our mission remains unchanged, and we will continue to make the case for equality for all Americans.”