Republican Group Responds to Biden’s Easter Message

( – This year, Easter Sunday landed on another holiday that the White House felt was important to highlight: Transgender Day of Visibility. And the president’s message did not sit well with many conservative and Republican-voting Americans, including a group of LGBT Republicans.

On Sunday, March 31, President Joe Biden shared a message commemorating the “Day of Visibility,” and that message was directed to “all trans-Americans.” Biden said to them, “I see you.” He told all Americans who identify as such that they are “made in the image of God,” and that they are “worthy of respect and dignity.”

Biden, a practicing Catholic, also shared a standard Easter message earlier in the day. Still, many felt it was overshadowed by the message about the transgender holiday, one of many such days related to LGBTQ people. It drew massive criticism, and among those critics were the Log Cabin Republicans, an organization that represents conservatives who also identify as LGBT and their allies. Their website says they are the “original and largest” such organization.

In a statement, the Logic Cabin Republicans president, Charles Moran, described how the White House handled the overlap as “tone-deaf” regarding the average American’s priorities. Moran said the president should’ve moved its proclamation of the trans holiday “up or back a day” to avoid conflicting with the most sacred Christian holiday.

Transgender Day of Visibility was first established on March 31, 2009, and has been celebrated on that same day for fifteen years. The Christian holiday of Easter fluctuates, landing anywhere between March 22 and April 25, on the first Sunday after the spring equinox or full moon. What made this year different is that the two days happened to coincide and Biden made an official declaration of Transgender Day of Visibility on Friday, March 29, leading up to its celebration on Easter Sunday. Some groups view this treatment as a deliberate attempt by Democrats to drum up backlash from conservatives.

The White House responded to the backlash by defending its message, noting that the president “celebrates Easter with his family” as a Christian while also standing “for bringing people together and upholding the dignity and freedoms of every American.” Andrew Bates, deputy White House press secretary, accused those of making a fuss about the overlap of holidays of trying “to divide and weaken” the country by using “cruel, hateful, and dishonest rhetoric.”

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