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Trump & Biden Clash Over Transgender Day of Visibility

Trump & Biden Clash Over Transgender Day of Visibility

 Los Angeles, CA— A contentious battle has erupted between the camps of United States President Joe Biden and his Republican challenger, Donald Trump, over a seemingly innocuous decision: the proclamation of March 31 as Transgender Day of Visibility.

While Biden aims to honor the extraordinary courage and contributions of transgender Americans, the date this year coincides with Easter Sunday, one of the holiest days in the Christian calendar.

In a statement issued on Friday, President Biden called on "all Americans to join us in lifting up the lives and voices of transgender people throughout our Nation and to work toward eliminating violence and discrimination based on gender identity."

This annual observance, known as Transgender Day of Visibility, celebrates the resilience and visibility of transgender individuals.

However, the timing of this proclamation has ignited a fierce clash.

The Trump campaign swiftly branded Biden's declaration as "appalling" and part of a "years-long assault on the Christian faith." Karoline Leavitt, Trump campaign spokeswoman, minced no words:

"We call on Joe Biden's failing campaign and White House to issue an apology to the millions of Catholics and Christians across America who believe tomorrow is for one celebration only – the resurrection of Jesus Christ."

The collision of Transgender Day of Visibility with Easter Sunday has raised religious sensitivities. House Speaker Mike Johnson, a Republican from Louisiana, condemned the decision as "outrageous and abhorrent."

He accused the Biden White House of betraying the central tenet of Easter. For many Christians, Easter symbolizes the resurrection of Jesus Christ and holds deep spiritual significance.

In response, White House spokesman Andrew Bates fired back, asserting that Republicans were seeking to "divide and weaken our country with cruel, hateful, and dishonest rhetoric."

Bates emphasized that President Biden, a practicing Catholic, stands for bringing people together and upholding the dignity and freedoms of every American.

"President Biden will never abuse his faith for political purposes or for profit,” Bates added.

President Biden's political stances on issues such as gay marriage and abortion have put him at odds with conservative Christians.

Yet, his devout attendance at Mass and his Catholic upbringing remain core aspects of his morality and identity. In 2021, he met with Pope Francis at the Vatican, and afterward, the pontiff referred to him as a "good Catholic" who should continue receiving Communion.

Beyond the clash between political figures lies a broader debate about the intersection of religious observance and LGBTQ rights.

Can these seemingly divergent celebrations coexist without diminishing the significance of either? As the American people take note, the battle over calendars and convictions continues.