President Joe Biden has become the friendliest presidential ally to the LGBTQ+ community.

People wave Biden for President, LGBTQ, and American flags near Columbus Circle on Saturday, Nov. 7, 2020 in New York.Erin
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Trans people can now sign up to join the military (not that I ever would). All federal agencies and contractors can’t discriminate against us. Refugees fleeing because of their orientation or gender identity can come here safely.

Here’s the thing. Those only apply to anything dealing with the federal government. Twenty states are still actively trying to pass laws that discriminate against trans people, mostly trans girls and women. In most states, the LGBTQ+ community can still face discrimination in jobs, housing, state benefits, going to homeless shelters. ENDA has never passed, which if it’s ever passed would totally ban discrimination based on gender identity, gender expression, and sexual orientation. A presidential executive order does not guarentee rights; it can easily be dismissed by a future president who’s against our community. It can be much more easily challenged in court, overridden by Congress. A law by Congress guaranteeing our freedoms will be permanent and harder to challenge, even with our current Supreme Court lineup.

We should be able to live our lives without fear of ostracization, rejection, or persecution. Until that day comes, it’s better to move somewhere where you will be safe.

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