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EXCLUSIVE: Jill Biden to host White House Pride celebration

EXCLUSIVE: Jill Biden to host White House Pride celebration
Event to take place on June 26.

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First Lady Jill Biden is set to host the White House Pride Month celebration on June 26, which will include a performance by singer Deborah Cox and music by DJ Trifle. The event will commemorate Equality Day and honor landmark U.S. Supreme Court decisions that expanded rights and protections for LGBTQ Americans. The White House highlighted President Joe Biden's historic actions to advance LGBTQ+ equality, such as signing the Respect for Marriage Act and reversing the ban on open service by transgender members of the military. Meanwhile, White House Press Secretary Karine Jean-Pierre reaffirmed the administration's commitment to advancing LGBTQ rights and condemned anti-LGBTQ bills filed by state legislatures. However, advocacy groups have criticized President Biden's executive order that prohibits migrants from asking for asylum in the U.S. if they "unlawfully" cross the Southern border, calling it "catastrophic" for LGBTQ asylum seekers. In a separate event, the White House Office of National AIDS Policy hosted an LGBTQ-inclusive Pride Month blood drive, which saw all available slots for volunteer donors filled within 24 hours. The event was held in partnership with the American Red Cross, and the director of the White House Office of National AIDS Policy, Francisco Ruiz, emphasized the importance of public education and awareness campaigns to address blood supply issues.