Sen. Warnock criticizes GOP for their negative response to Transgender Visibility Day coinciding with Easter.

April 1st 2024.

Sen. Warnock criticizes GOP for their negative response to Transgender Visibility Day coinciding with Easter.
During a recent appearance on CNN's "State of the Union," Democratic Senator Raphael Warnock had some strong words for Republicans who were criticizing President Joe Biden's declaration of March 31st as the official Transgender Day of Visibility. The date happened to fall on Easter Sunday, which had some conservatives, like House Speaker Mike Johnson, up in arms. Warnock called out these individuals for their attempts to divide the country and their belief that transgender people are abhorrent. He stated that this goes against the principles of the Christian faith.

As a Baptist pastor, Warnock also pointed out the significance of dedicating a day to amplify the voices and experiences of the transgender community. He noted that March 31st has traditionally been a day to recognize and support transgender individuals who face violence and bigotry. Warnock also highlighted the fact that Easter is a holiday that changes each year, and therefore, the date of the Transgender Day of Visibility should not be seen as a deliberate attack on Christianity.

Warnock's response came after Johnson sent out a tweet accusing the Biden White House of betraying the central tenet of Easter by declaring a new holiday on that day. The House Speaker called it "outrageous and abhorrent" and claimed that the American people were taking note. Other Republicans, including former President Donald Trump, have also criticized Biden for this decision. However, the White House has stood by their choice to bring people together and uphold the dignity and freedoms of all Americans, regardless of their gender identity.

The International Transgender Day of Visibility was first introduced in 2009 by Rachel Crandall-Crocker. She chose the date of March 31st because she wanted to create some distance from the Transgender Day of Remembrance in November and Pride Month in June. While the Day of Remembrance is dedicated to honoring the lives lost to anti-transgender violence, Crandall-Crocker wanted to have a day to celebrate and recognize those who are still living. A recent study showed that there are over 1.6 million transgender individuals in the United States.

Despite the criticism from some Republicans, the Biden administration stands by their decision to officially recognize the Transgender Day of Visibility. They believe in bringing people together and upholding the dignity of every American, regardless of their gender identity. As a Christian himself, President Biden celebrates Easter with his family and will never use his faith for political gain. The White House spokesperson emphasized that politicians should not use cruel, hateful, and dishonest rhetoric to divide and weaken the country. Instead, they should work towards unity and understanding for all individuals.

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