“To Carl Nassib and Kumi Yokoyama — two prominent, inspiring athletes who came out this week: I’m so proud of your courage. Because of you, countless kids around the world are seeing themselves in a new light today,” Biden wrote in a tweet
On Monday, Nassib, a defensive lineman with the Las Vegas Raiders, grew to become the primary energetic NFL participant in league historical past to announce that he’s homosexual.
The 28-year-old made the announcement in a video on Instagram through which he mentioned he thinks “that representation and visibility are so important,” including: “I actually hope that one day videos like this and the whole coming out process are just not necessary. But until then, I’m going to do my best and do my part to cultivate a culture that’s accepting, that’s compassionate.”
Yokoyama, a ahead for the Washington Spirit girls’s soccer crew and the Japan nationwide crew, got here out as a trans man in a video posted Saturday to YouTube
The tweet from Biden, coming in the course of the waning days of Pride Month
— an annual celebration of the LGBTQ community
that takes place all through June — is the newest instance of the President’s assist for LGBTQ Americans.
Biden’s administration has labored to undo some controversial insurance policies made below former President Donald Trump, together with final week, when the Education Department issued guidance that Title IX prohibits discrimination
based mostly on sexual orientation and gender identification, a reversal of the Trump administration’s stance that homosexual and transgender college students should not protected by the legislation.
Earlier this yr, Biden, during his address to a joint session of Congress
, pledged his assist for transgender Americans amid efforts by Republican-led legislatures to go anti-trans sports bans,
a coverage that has already been enacted in eight states.
According to knowledge from the Human Rights Campaign, no less than 117 payments have been launched in numerous state legislatures throughout the latest legislative periods that concentrate on the transgender group, the best quantity the group has recorded because it started monitoring anti-LGBTQ laws greater than 15 years in the past.