November 7, 2020 (New York, NY) — Today, Athlete Ally responded to news that former Vice President Joe Biden has been elected as the 46th President of the United States. With this election, Biden’s running mate Senator Kamala Harris becomes the first woman, first Black woman and first Asian American to serve as either Vice President or President, and the first Black American to serve as Vice President.
“This victory for Joe Biden and Kamala Harris marks a clear return to the values of respect, integrity and inclusion,” said Hudson Taylor, Founder and Executive Director of Athlete Ally. “All Americans, and especially the most marginalized among us, deserve leaders that champion our human and civil rights.
It is our hope that President Biden and Vice President Harris will deliver on their promises to stand with LGBTQI+ Americans, including and especially our transgender youth who have seen their rights consistently under attack on state and federal levels. The time is now for passage of The Equality Act to ensure we all have equal protection from discrimination under the law, and for the Biden Administration to ensure that all young people are free from abuse and harassment while attempting to play the sport they love. This means reversing Betsy DeVos’ horrific attacks on trans students and supporting schools in developing and implementing comprehensive trans inclusion policies.
For many of us, this is a day when we feel as though we can finally exhale, thanks to the steadfast dedication and hard work of so many. We are incredibly grateful for all of our partners in this work, including the ACLU, The Women’s Sports Foundation and more, and for every athlete, coach and athletic leader who joins us in fighting for justice and equality.
The fight continues, and we look forward to the brighter future we can build together.”