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Blinken calls for 'celebration' of trans holiday on Easter

Secretary of State Antony Blinken was the latest Biden administration official to mark the Transgender Day of Visibility, which this year falls on Easter Sunday.

Secretary of State Antony Blinken became the latest Biden administration official to mark Transgender Day of Visibility, which has sparked controversy for being celebrated the same day as Easter.

"Transgender Day of Visibility is a celebration of the courage and resilience of transgender, nonbinary and gender non-confirming persons who exist in every country and culture around the world," Blinken said in a statement Sunday. 

"On this day, the United States recognizes the achievements and progress that trans persons have made in the global struggle for equality and re-affirms its commitment to supporting the equality, inclusion and full recognition of the human rights of transgender persons."

The statement comes after President Biden sparked backlash with a similar statement Friday, marking Sunday as a day to "honor the extraordinary courage and contributions of transgender Americans."


Conservatives on social media questioned the timing of the White House celebration, noting the day falls on Easter Sunday, one of the holiest days of the Christian calendar.

"The Biden White House has betrayed the central tenet of Easter — which is the resurrection of Jesus Christ," House Speaker Mike Johnson said on X. "Banning sacred truth and tradition—while at the same time proclaiming Easter Sunday as 'Transgender Day'—is outrageous and abhorrent. The American people are taking note."

"I am absolutely disgusted that Joe Biden has declared the most Holy of Holy days — a self proclaimed devout Catholic — as Transgender Day of Visibility," former Olympic gold medal-winning decathlete Caitlyn Jenner said. "The only thing you should be declaring on this day is ‘HE is Risen’."

The White House celebration also earned the scorn of former President Trump, and Trump's national press secretary, Karoline Leavitt, called on Biden to issue an apology for the statement.


"We call on Joe Biden's failing campaign and the White House to issue an apology to the millions of Catholics and Christians across America who believe (Sunday) is for one celebration only — the resurrection of Jesus Christ," Leavitt said.

In Blinken's statement, the secretary of state noted that "trans persons face violence, suppression, and infringements on their human rights and fundamental freedoms" in other parts of the world, but he argued the United States is urging "partners around the globe to work with the United States in fighting for a world in which transgender persons are free to live safely and openly as themselves."

The White House argued the celebration always falls on March 31 and that Easter is not always the same day, and it issued a statement in response Saturday, calling the backlash over its celebration of the day divisive.

"As a Christian who celebrates Easter with family, President Biden stands for bringing people together and upholding the dignity and freedoms of every American," the statement said. 

"Sadly, it’s unsurprising politicians are seeking to divide and weaken our country with cruel, hateful and dishonest rhetoric. President Biden will never abuse his faith for political purposes or for profit."

The State Department did not immediately respond to a Fox News Digital request for comment.

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