President Joe Biden giving his inaugural address


UPDATE: Within hours of being inaugurated, President Joe Biden had finalized 17 executive actions, including one to prevent workplace discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. Biden’s office had previously described that order as one that “builds on” the U.S. Supreme Court’s ruling last summer in Bostock v. Clayton County, declaring that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act protects LGBTQ people from discrimination in the workplace.

Biden also signed order stopping funding for Trump’s border wall, cancelling the Keystone XL Pipeline, rejoining the Paris Climate Accord and stopping the U.S. from withdrawing from the World Health Organization. More such orders are expected in the days to come.


ORIGINAL POST: On his first day in office, President Joe Biden will sign a number of executive orders. It’s unclear if one of his first actions will reverse an order Trump made on one of the last days of his term in office that allows social service providers to discriminate based on sexual orientation. That order allows homeless shelters to refuse admission to gays and lesbians and adoption agencies to refuse service to LGBTQ people.

Biden is expected to extend an eviction ban another two months.

He’s expected to sign a national face mask order for the next 100 days.

A suspension of school loan payments will be extended through September.

He plans to rejoin the World Health Organization and the Paris climate accord.

He will reverse the Muslim ban.

He will stop construction on the border wall.

Create a national response to the pandemic and a national distribution plan for the vaccine.

— David Taffet