Biden takes first major steps to reverse Trump’s attacks on LGBT+ Americans

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01/23/2021

Throughout his four-year presidency, Donald Trump worked at every turn to limit the rights of LGBT+ people – and his administration used his final days in office to deliver a parting shot at queer people. On Sunday (17 January), John Daukas, head of the civil rights division in Trump’s Department of Justice, issued a 23-page memo seeking to significantly warp the landmark Supreme Court ruling in Bostock v Clayton County. That ruling established that employers cannot discriminate on the grounds of sexual orientation and gender identity under sex-based Civil Rights Act protections. Daukas’s memo sought to carve out exceptions from the ruling, arguing that religious people should still be free to discriminate against LGBT+ employees. But Joe Biden’s administration did not take long to scrap the memo.

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