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The Biden administration awarded a biological man an award for courage in honor of International Women’s Day during a Wednesday ceremony at the White House.
Alba Rueda, a man who identifies as a woman, received an International Women of Courage award alongside 10 women from Secretary of State Antony Blinken and first lady Jill Biden. Rueda is Argentina’s Special Envoy for Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity and the country’s first trans-identifying politician to hold a senior governmental position.
According to the State Department, the award is meant for “extraordinary women from around the world who are working to build a brighter future for all.”
Hoy se anunciaron las galardonadas con el Premio Internacional a las Mujeres de Coraje 2023. ¡Estoy tan orgulloso de que una argentina, Alba Rueda, sea reconocida por el Presidente Biden, el Sec. Blinken y el mundo entero como Mujer de Coraje! ¡Felicitaciones Alba! ¡Qué honor! pic.twitter.com/YkZPmvIeYX
— Embajador Marc R. Stanley (@USAmbassadorARG) March 6, 2023
Rueda, a transgender activist, has long pushed woke policies in Argentina, including the Transgender Labor Quota Act, which requires 1% of public sector jobs in the nation to be staffed by people who identify as transgender.
Rueda also served as Argentina’s undersecretary for diversity policies in the Ministry of Women, Gender, and Diversity as well as founded the group Argentina Trans Women.
The diplomat has also campaigned to change the name of the National Women’s Conference to the “Plurinational Conference of Women and Lesbian, Cross-Dresser, Transgender, Bisexual, Intersex and Non-Binary Persons.”
According to the State Department, Rueda hopes to “establish an LGBTQI+ foreign policy agenda and mainstream it into the various negotiation fora, including into multilateral fora and bilateral relations as well as represent the Global South.”
Other awardees included Ethiopian journalist Meaza Mohammed, Jordan-based human rights activist Hadeel Abdel Aziz, and civil society activist Bakhytzhan Toregozhina. The State Department added that the “awardees will participate in an in-person International Visitor Leadership Program (IVLP) exchange to connect with American counterparts in cities across the United States and strengthen their global networks of women leaders.”
The award, which was first given in 2007, is part of the White House’s celebration of International Women’s Day, a celebration that originated with socialists in the early 20th century. Communist nations such as the Soviet Union and the People’s Republic of China were some of the first countries to recognize the holiday.
In April 2022, the Biden administration released a report championing its commitment to “inclusive democracy,” highlighting efforts to promote transgenderism worldwide.
This included Peace Corps in Cambodia and Tonga hosting events featuring transgender activists from within the countries focusing on education. For example, for Peace Keepers raising awareness about Menstrual Hygiene Day, language was changed in an informational newsletter to say “women, girls, and others who menstruate.”