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LGBT+ rights groups hope Biden win helps marginalised communities

11/7/2020 | Reuters

Joe Biden’s win in the U.S. presidential election will help give a voice to marginalised LGBT+ communities, rights groups said on Saturday, after he promised to overturn a ban on transgender personnel joining the military and clampdown on discrimination. Biden captured the presidency on Saturday as voters narrowly rebuffed Republican incumbent Donald Trump’s tumultuous leadership and embraced his promise to fight the coronavirus pandemic and fix the economy in a divided nation. “Now is a time to come together, for the sake of our country and the most marginalised among us,” said Sam Brinton, vice-president of advocacy and government affairs for The Trevor Project, which works to prevent suicide among LGBT+ youth. “Ending the public health crisis of LGBTQ youth suicide will require urgent action,” Brinton said in a statement. After four days of nail-biting suspense following Tuesday’s election, LGBT+ rights organisation GLAAD president Sarah Kate Ellis said the final result affirmed that “every vote and every voter counts”. “LGBTQ people and all marginalised Americans came together to make this victory possible, and now the journey to safety, equality and acceptance can continue forward,” Ellis said in a statement.

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