President Joe Biden signed an executive order meant to ensure LGBT “inclusivity” in public schools in a direct affront to the many state bills that have passed through legislatures this year.
The order directs federal education agencies to advance “LGBTQ-inclusive learning environments” at public schools, according to NBC News. It also directs federal health agencies to expand access to “gender affirming care”.
“We’re in a battle for the soul of the nation,” Biden said to a group of activists and Democrats at a signing ceremony in the White House. “And when I look around this room here and at all of you here today, it’s a battle I know we will win.”
The order is a direct affront to the 24 bills across 13 states that have put limits on sex change procedures for minors, ensured fair competition in high school girls’ sports, and set age-appropriate limits on sexual education in elementary schools.
The executive order also establishes a committee to improve the collection of data on sexual orientation and gender identity across federal agencies.
It also directs the Department of Health and Human Services to spend resources addressing LGBT youth suicide and homelessness and study barriers faced by same-sex married couples in securing government benefits.