Thursday, December 21, 2017

Trump Policies a "Disaster for LGBTQ Americans"

Ironically, while campaigning in 2016, Trump holds up a rainbow flag to persuade the LGBT community he was an ally. 
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Saying President Trump's first year in office has not been good for LGBTQ Americans is an understatement. From his nomination of anti-LGBTQ judges (including to the Supreme Court), the attempted ban on transgender military service members, the support of homophobic Senate candidate Roy Moore, and the defense of outright LGBTQ discrimination under the umbrella of "religious freedom," LGBTQ Americans' rights are under siege, and the rights won previously, including same-sex marriage, are in danger of being lost.

The Hill reports:

Nearly a third of President Trump’s judicial nominees have records that demonstrate hostility towards the rights of LGBT people, according to a new analysis released Wednesday by Lambda Legal.

The LGBT advocacy group said one-in-three, or 16 of the 59 nominees that Trump has put forth since taking office, have anti-LGBT records... 

See the full article from The Hill here

Additionally, Right Wing Watch reports:

As a presidential candidate, Donald Trump thrilled conservative gay leaders. He promised to “do everything in my power to protect LGBTQ citizens” and described himself as “fine” with marriage equality, which he said had been “settled” by the U.S. Supreme Court. Gay Republicans, who have had little experience with candidates expressing anything other than hostility, lost all sense of perspective. Chris Barron, a co-founder of GOProud, pronounced Trump “a better friend to the LGBT community than Hillary Clinton could ever be.” Breitbartista Milo Yiannapoulos went even further, declaring, “Donald Trump is the most pro-gay candidate in American electoral history.” Both statements were obviously and wildly untrue. . . . And the consequences for LGBTQ people have been predictably awful.

Many LGBTQ people have been or will be harmed by broad-based Trump-GOP policies, like the tax bill and its assault on the Affordable Care Act, that also affect millions of non-LGBTQ Americans. But LGBTQ Americans are also facing very focused attacks from the Trump administration. That’s why NBC called Trump’s first 100 days “fear-inducing” for LGBTQ Americans. And by mid-year, German Lopez at Vox was calling Trump’s campaign promises to the LGBTQ community “total bullshit” and Luke Darby at GQ was calling the administration “a disaster for LGBT Americans.” The Human Rights Campaign’s Sarah McBride went even further, writing in Cosmopolitan that the Trump administration has “revealed itself to be the ugliest, most explicitly anti-LGBTQ presidency in U.S. history.” Journalist Michelangelo Signorile seconded that emotion in September.

See the full Right Wing Watch article here.

1 comment:

Raybeard said...

I'd like to think that all those LGBTQs who voted for Trump (and I bet the number is far from insignificant) are red-faced, hanging their heads in shame and in a mood of denial - and yet I'd be willing to bet that in spite of all the signs there are STILL those who'd vote for him. They can only be extreme masochists who need psychological help. At least an ordinary run-of-the-mill masochist doesn't go out of his/her way to harm those who don't wish to be on the receiving end of punishment, but this lot is making it hell for EVERYONE - or is it that now their sadism is coming out? A horror story is unfolding while the rest of the (progressive) world watches nervously, holding our collective breath.