President-Elect Joe Biden name-checks gay and transgender Americans in victory speech

President-Elect Joe Biden name-checks gay and transgender Americans in victory speech

President-elect Joe Biden name-checked gay and transgender American in his victory speech Saturday night, which made a call for unity after a tumultuous presidential election and four years of President Trump.

“I am proud of the coalition we put together, the broadest and most diverse in history,” Biden said, “Democrats, Republicans and Independents.  Progressives, moderates and conservatives. Young and old. Urban, suburban and rural. Gay, straight, transgender. White. Latino. Asian. Native American.”

Biden, speaking from Wilmington, Del., paid special thanks to Black Americans, who helped him with their early support during the Democratic primary as well as the general election.

“And especially for those moments when this campaign was at its lowest — the African American community stood up again for me,” Biden said. “They always have my back, and I’ll have yours.”

Biden’s explicit reference to transgender people marked the first time in U.S. history a president-elect referenced them in a victory speech. (In 2013, Obama name-checked Stonewall in his historic inaugural address for gay rights.)

The main theme of Biden’s speech was bringing American together and promising to work for Americans whether or they voted for him or President Trump.

“I pledge to be a president who seeks not to divide, but to unify,” Biden said. “Who doesn’t see ‘red’ and ‘blue’ states, but a United States. And who will work with all my heart to win the confidence of the whole people. For that is what America is about: The people. And that is what our Administration will be about.”

Watch the video of President-Elect Biden’s victory speech below:

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  1. Fred
    November 09, 10:14 Reply

    Is it safe to assume that among many other reasons, black rappers often choose to support Republican candidates because they’re homophobic (I mean anti-LGBT)?
    I wonder when black rappers would do away with ignorance so they can better use the influence that comes with being a public figure.

    • Black Dynasty
      November 09, 13:05 Reply

      Nah, they usually choose to support republican candidates because they give tax breaks to the wealthy. Unfortunate nonetheless because they ignore all the horrible things Trump and his govt did..

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