President Joe Biden told the crowd on the South Lawn, "Today, I want to send a message to the entire community — especially to transgender children: You are loved. You are heard. You’re understood. And you belong."
Biden claimed, "For all the progress we’ve made, we know challenges still remain. When a person can be married in the morning but thrown out of a restaurant for being gay in the afternoon, something is still very wrong in America."
Biden slammed Republican-led states for passing laws prohibiting teachers from discussing gender or sexuality with young students, restricting sexualized drag queen shows in front of minors, and banning transgender surgery for underage children.
"When families across the country face excruciating decisions to relocate to a different state to protect their child from dangerous anti-LGTBQ laws, we have to act," Biden declared while standing on a stage decorated with rainbow colors. "We need to push back against the hundreds of callous and cynical bills introduced in states targeting transgender children, terrifying families and criminalizing doctors and nurses."
"These bills and laws attack the most basic values and freedoms we have as Americans," the president asserted.
Biden told the crowd that protecting LGBTQ rights around the world is a "top priority" for his foreign policy.
President Biden lauded the attendees for having "courage" and being "some of the bravest and most inspiring people" he's ever known.
Biden said of the LGBTQ families at the Pride month picnic on the South Lawn of the White House, "We all talk about courage. Well, I see more courage on this lawn than I’ve seen in any time in the recent past."
"But the thing about y’all is: You not only are about courage. You generate so much hope for people. Hope and light," he continued. "You enrich every part of American life: educators, entertainers, entrepreneurs, athletes, actors, artists, scientists, scholars, diplomats, doctors, service members, veterans, and so much more."
Biden proclaimed, "As I said — I mean this; I swear to God — you’re some of the most — you’re some of the bravest and most inspiring people I’ve ever known. And I’ve known a lot of good folks."
He added, "You set an example for the nation and, quite frankly, for the world."
Biden wrote on Twitter, "Today, the People's House – your house – sends a clear message to the country and to the world. America is a nation of pride."
President Biden delivered the Pride month speech as the balcony of the White House was draped with a "Progress Pride flag" with two American flags behind it.
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Proudly displaying the "Pride Progress flag" from the White House in front of the American flag incensed conservatives on Twitter.
TheBlaze columnist and "Fearless" host Jason Whitlock: "This man is allegedly a Catholic. He surely was taught the sin of 'pride.' Proverbs 16:5 'The LORD detests all the proud of heart. Be sure of this: They will not go unpunished.' 'A nation of pride.' What's next: 'A nation of lust, envy'"
Former Trump advisor Stephen Miller: "America has been humiliated, debauched and debased. A warning about how civilizations unravel from within."
Ben Shapiro: "Not one American soldier fought and bled for this flag. Not one American taxpayer paid taxes to the government of this flag. Not one law has been passed under a government elected under under this flag. The ideological coup is complete."
Jeremy Boreing: "Government buildings should fly the flag of our nation, the flags of our military, the flags of the various states, and the flags of the nations of visiting heads of state. All other flags are inappropriate."
Dr. Jordan B Peterson: "And pride goeth before a fall."
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