Mar 31, 2022 - Politics & Policy

HHS to become first federal agency to fly trans pride flag

Trans flag. Photo by Vuk Valcic/SOPA Images/LightRocket via Getty Images.

The Department of Health and Human Services will fly a trans pride flag in honor of Transgender Day of Visibility, becoming the first federal agency to do so, the White House announced Thursday.

The big picture: President Biden on Wednesday declared March 31 as the Transgender Day of Visibility to "recognize the resilience, strength, and joy of transgender, nonbinary, and gender-nonconforming people."

Why it matters: Multiple states have introduced and passed anti-trans legislation, with dozens of bills targeting transgender youth.

State of play: The White House will also play host to a slew of events honoring transgender Americans.

  • Second gentleman Doug Emhoff will meet with "Jeopardy!" champion Amy Schneider, who had the second-longest winning streak in show history and was the first openly transgender winner.
  • Emhoff will also moderate a conversation with transgender kids and their parents as well as advocates to discuss the impact of anti-trans laws.

Meanwhile, Education Secretary Miguel Cardona will meet with LGBTQI+ students in Orlando, Florida, to discuss the controversial Parental Rights in Education Bill.

Zoom in: The legislation, which critics call the "Don't Say Gay" bill, bans classroom instruction on sexual orientation and gender identity from kindergarten through third grade.

  • The bill requires "age appropriate" instruction on these topics in the rest of the grades.
  • Cardona and the students will discuss the impacts of the bill, their experiences at school and support for LGBTQI+ students' mental health.
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