Outrage from Trump and Republicans Over Coincidental Overlap of Trans Visibility Day and Easter Sunday



Republicans, including Donald Trump, have criticized Joe Biden for his statement recognizing Trans Visibility Day, which coincided with Easter Sunday this year. Trump’s 2024 campaign press secretary, Karoline Leavitt, falsely accused Biden of formally proclaiming Easter Sunday as “Trans Day of Visibility,” and demanded an apology to Christians. Trans Visibility Day, created by Michigan-based transgender activist Rachel Crandall in 2009, falls on March 31 every year, and in 2024, this date will coincide with Easter Sunday.

Republicans Criticise Biden for Recognising Trans Visibility Day Coinciding with Easter

Republican figures, including Donald Trump, criticise Joe Biden for his statement recognising Trans Visibility Day that coincidentally fell on Easter Sunday this year.

Trans Visibility Day, initiated by Michigan-based trans activist Rachel Crandall in 2009, is marked annually on March 31. In 2024, the day occurs on Easter Sunday, which aligns with the first Sunday post the Spring Equinox full moon.

Biden’s statement supporting transgender rights and Trans Visibility Day sparked controversy among far-right conservatives. “We honour the extraordinary courage and contributions of transgender Americans and recommit to forming a more perfect Union — where all people are treated equally,” the president stated.

Biden also highlighted his administration’s actions, such as ending the military service ban for Americans who underwent gender-affirming therapy and appointing trans individuals to top leadership roles.

The statement, although expected to incite right-wing fury, became more contentious due to its coinciding with Easter. Karoline Leavitt, a press secretary for Trump’s 2024 presidential campaign, falsely accused Biden of “declaring” Trans Visibility Day would occur on Easter and demanded an apology.

Conservative critics, including Trump loyalist senators Mike Lee and JD Vance, voiced their displeasure on social media. This criticism comes at a time when transgender rights are being challenged in conservative states across the country, with states like Louisiana and Ohio recently moving to ban gender-affirming care for minors.

In Oklahoma, the death of a transgender girl earlier this year drew national attention, with LGBT rights supporters accusing conservatives of creating an environment of fear and hatred towards transgender Americans.

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