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US President Joe Biden is facing criticism from Republicans, former President Donald Trump and religious conservatives for declaring Easter Sunday as transgender day. It has been celebrated all over the world for several years on March 31, which this year falls on Easter.



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18:39 March 31, 2024

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Republicans called on Biden, a Catholic, to apologize to the millions of Christians who may have been offended by the White House’s move. According to Biden spokesman Andrew Bates, Republicans are using hateful rhetoric aimed at dividing American society.


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March 31 is the Transgender Day of Visibility around the world. During this day, events are organized to draw attention to discrimination and other difficulties faced by transgender people. Biden officially declared it Transgender Day of Visibility. He did so for the first time already in 2021, the first year of his reign.

Coincidentally, this year’s March 31 was Easter Sunday, on which Christians commemorate the resurrection of Jesus Christ. This drew criticism from Republicans and other supporters of former President Trump, who is very likely to face Biden in the November presidential election.

“The White House has betrayed the essence of Easter,” said Republican Speaker of the House of Representatives Mike Johnson. According to him, the decision to declare a transgender day is “offensive and disgusting.”

According to Trump campaign spokeswoman Caroline Leavitt, “the White House should apologize to the millions of Catholics and Christians across America” ​​who celebrate Easter.

‘Hateful and dishonest rhetoric’

However, the White House rejects the criticism. According to spokesman Bates, this is “cruel, hateful and dishonest rhetoric” from the Republican side, which aims to “divide and weaken” the United States. “As a Christian who celebrates Easter with his family, President Biden wants to bring people together and supports the dignity and freedom of every American,” Bates said.

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In a proclamation marking this year’s Transgender Day, Biden says his administration is committed to equality and justice for transgender people and rejects proposals that would deny rights or marginalize them.

The US government has also taken action against bullying of transgender children and is working to improve public services for transgender people, the statement said.

Biden is a practicing Catholic and attends church regularly. On some political issues, for example regarding abortion or the rights of people from the LGBT+ community, he holds opinions that are contrary to current Catholic doctrine.

That doesn’t sit well with the conservative American bishops, who wanted to push through a document in 2021 that would deny Holy Communion to Biden and other politicians acting contrary to Catholic teaching. However, the initiative was criticized by the Vatican, which has the final say in these matters.

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