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Opinion: Why LGBTQ Americans are seeing the sun again

January 22, 2021. Summarized by summa-bot.

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Under the Trump administration, many Americans, especially LGBTQ Americans, lost something precious: hope. And with the first actions of his administration, Allison Hope says President Joe Biden is setting a course to restore that hope.

There is hope in the appointment of Dr. Rachel Levine to become the highest-ranking transgender woman nominated to serve as Assistant Secretary of Health at the Department of Health and Human Services in the Biden administration.

Her presence bolsters Biden's promise to undo the Trump administration's harmful policies, including rules that allow health care providers to shut the door in the face of LGBTQ patients.

There is hope in the anticipated confirmation of a gay man, Pete Buttigieg, to be transportation secretary and in the appointment of a Black gay woman, Karine Jean-Pierre, as deputy press secretary -- to name only two of the most visible among the many LGBTQ Americans called to serve in an inclusive, diverse administration.

What could that look like under the Biden administration?

With a friendlier Congress now in place, it could mean passage of the Equality Act, which Biden has pledged to sign in his first 100 days and which would provide blanket protections against discrimination for LGBTQ people.

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