The deadliest attack on the LGBTQ community in US history left 49 dead and 53 injured in 2016. Biden said in a statement on Saturday that he had “kept in touch with the families of the victims and with the survivors who turned their pain into a goal “and described the club as” holy ground “. The president stressed that the country must do more to reduce gun violence, such as banning assault weapons and closing loopholes in regulations that allow gun buyers to bypass background checks. Biden said nation must recognize gun violence has hurt members of the LGBTQ community
“We need to drive out the hatred and inequalities that contribute to the epidemic of violence and murder against transgender women – especially transgender women of color,” Biden said.
White House advisers Susan Rice and Cedric Richmond hosted a virtual panel discussion on Friday with LGBTQ leaders, gun violence survivors and gun control advocates.
Vice President Kamala Harris and her husband Douglas Emhoff marched with the crowd on Saturday for the Capitol Pride March and Rally in Washington, DC
“We still have so much to do,” said Harris.