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The Bidens Release Special Pride Month Video for the LGBTQ+ Community

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President Joe Biden and First Lady Dr. Jill Biden have an important message for LGBTQ+ folks celebrating Pride Month

In a special video message from the White House, the commander-in-chief wishes the country a Happy Pride, while letting queer folks know that he and wife Jill are so proud to "stand with you, this month and every month."

"Pride Month represents so very much," Joe continues in the video, with Jill adding that Pride "stands for defiance in the face of injustice, the legacy of Stonewall, and the fight to ensure that all people be treated with dignity and respect." 

This isn't the first time Joe has gone on the record about his public support for queer folks. 

Earlier this month, and for the first time in his administration, he issued a written proclamation formally recognizing June as LGBTQ+ Pride Month, a practice that was largely ignored under Donald Trump's leadership of the White House. 

"Pride is a time to recall the trials the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Queer (LGBTQ+) community has endured and to rejoice in the triumphs of trailblazing individuals who have bravely fought -- and continue to fight -- for full equality," Joe wrote in his Pride address. "Pride is both a jubilant communal celebration of visibility and a personal celebration of self-worth and dignity." 

While he acknowledged that we as a country have come a long way in the fight for LGBTQ+ rights and equality in recent years, there is still a long way to go and a lot that needs to be done.

"Our Nation also continues to face tragic levels of violence against transgender people, especially transgender women of color," he said. "We are still haunted by tragedies such as the Pulse Nightclub shooting in Orlando. Ending violence and discrimination against the LGBTQ+ community demands our continued focus and diligence. As President, I am committed to defending the rights of all LGBTQ+ individuals."

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