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President Joe Biden wants to celebrate Transgender Visibility Day with new actions

WASHINGTON — President Joe Biden is commemorating Transgender Day of Visibility by celebrating prominent transgender Americans and speaking out against what his administration is describing as “dangerous anti-transgender legislative attacks” that have been carried out in state buildings across the country.

Biden on Thursday announced new measures aimed at making the federal government more inclusive for transgender people, including a new “X” gender marker on U.S. passport applications starting April 11 and new Transportation Security Administration scanners that are gender-neutral .

The Democratic presidential administration is working to expand availability of the “X” gender identifier to airlines and federal travel programs, and will make it easier for transgender people to change their gender information on Social Security Administration records.

White House visitors will also soon be able to select an “X” gender tagging option in the White House Worker and Visitor Entry System, which will be used to conduct screening background checks for Executive Mansion visitors.

“Transgender Americans continue to face discrimination, harassment and barriers to opportunity,” Biden wrote in a proclamation for the day. “Over the past year, hundreds of anti-transgender laws have been proposed in states across America, most of which target transgender children. The attack has continued this year. These bills are wrong.”

Biden also planned to release a video message to transgender Americans Thursday.

“Danger!” Champion Amy Schneider, the quiz show’s first open transgender winner, will visit the White House on Thursday to meet with second gentleman Doug Emhoff. Emhoff will also host a White House talk with transgender children and their parents, along with Admiral Rachel Levine, the assistant secretary of health at the Department of Health and Human Services.

In Florida, Secretary of Education Miguel Cardona is meeting with LGBTQ+ students in support of the state’s new law banning teaching about sexual orientation and gender identity in kindergarten through third grade. Republicans argue that parents should raise these issues with children. Democrats have said the law demonizes LGBTQ people by barring them from classroom instruction.

“Their conversation will focus on the impact of Florida’s so-called ‘Don’t Say Gay’ law, students’ experiences at school, and specifically supporting the mental health and well-being of LGBTQI+ students,” the White House said.

HHS, the White House said, will also be the first agency to fly a trans-pride flag.

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