No, Joe Biden didn’t set Transgender Visibility Day to coincide with Easter Sunday

Social media users are claiming that US President Joe Biden said Easter should be dedicated to celebrating transgender people. In 2024, the date set for International Transgender Day of Visibility, the 31st of March, happens to coincide with Easter Sunday, a rare occurrence.

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  • Several social media accounts, including some from prominent members of the Republican Party, are criticising Joe Biden for setting the International Transgender Day of Visibility on Easter Sunday, March 31st, 2024.

  • The Transgender Day of Visibility takes place every year on March 31; the date is not set by the White House. The fact that the March 31 event coincided with Easter Sunday in 2024 is a coincidence that won't happen again until 2086.

The fact check, in detail:

Dozens of posts on Instagram and Facebook claim that US President Joe Biden caused an uproar by declaring Easter Sunday, which this year falls on March 31, as "Transgender Day of Visibility".

The claim has been spread in the US by Republicans including House Speaker Mike Johnson, who said on X: "The Biden White House has betrayed the central tenet of Easter – which is the resurrection of Jesus Christ. 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."

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