• Biden received an award from Help USA, a charity that supports the homeless. (Youtube)Source: Youtube
The former vice-president spoke at an event held by Help USA and condemned anti-transgender bathroom legislation.
Michaela Morgan

17 Mar 2017 - 2:19 PM  UPDATED 17 Mar 2017 - 2:19 PM

Former US Vice President Joe Biden has condemned the Trump administration’s anti-transgender policies during a passionate speech in New York.

Biden spoke after receiving an award from Help USA, a non-profit organisation—founded by New York governor Andrew Cuomo—that provides support for the homeless.

“As much great work as we’ve done, we face some real challenges ahead,” Biden said during the speech recorded by Fox 10 Phoenix.

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“We thought things were moving in the right direction… but there’s a changing landscape out there folks, and we have a hell of a lot of work to do. There are those attempting to shift the focus.

“40 per cent of homeless youth in the street are identified as lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender and rejected by their families out on the street… and what do we do about that?" he asked.

“We’re now focusing on whether or not a transgender child, which bathroom they can use,” Biden said, referring to the Department of Justice’s decision to rollback protections for transgender students.

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“This isn’t politics guys, this isn’t Democrat-Republican, this is life and death. This is sanity and insanity.

“This is freedom and being caged. That’s what this is all about. It’s about dignity.”

You can watch the full speech here: