Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Trump's Shallow Words

May 31, 2019 

How can you celebrate something that you marginalize?  Last Friday (May 31) the day before the start of LGBTQ Pride month, Trump tweeted about gay pride for the first time since running for or holding office.  

Before entering the White House, Trump made comments appearing to affirm same-sex marriage.

During Donald Trump’s acceptance speech at the Republican National Convention in 2016, he stated “As your president,” Trump thundered, “I will do everything in my power to protect our L.G.B.T.Q. citizens from the violence and oppression of a hateful foreign ideology.” You can listen here. 

But his approach to LGBT issues since becoming president is largely thought to be influenced by the conservative white evangelicals who helped secure his election and that of Vice President Pence, an evangelical Christian who made national headlines as Indiana’s governor for his opposition to laws that would expand gay rights. The oppression has emanated from within the administration.  

Here is his real record according to Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign, one of the country’s largest gay rights organizations. He is clearly disgusted by the president’s comments, taking to social media to tweet:

You can’t celebrate Pride and constantly undermine our rights — including attacking #TransHealth, discharging #TransTroops, refusing to protect LGBTQ youth, and cozening up to dictators who brutalize & marginalize LGBTQ people. This is gross hypocrisy, with an emphasis on gross.

NBC News questioned Trump last October about campaign promises to protect transgender people, he stated: "We’re looking at it. We have a lot of different concepts right now..."  When NBC followed up, asking about Trump’s promise to protect the LGBTQ community, he said, “I’m protecting everybody.

That is not true!

1 comment:

  1. Well, in his mind, we trans people don't really exist, so we couldn't be included in his "everybody" protection claim. He's tried to erase us from being able to have the same rights as everybody else, because he believes that it is us who are a threat to the rights of "everybody." Actually, I really think that he doesn't care about trans people at all, but he is acting on the authority of Pence and the religious right in our (attempted) erasure. Sorry, but the door has slammed shut on my closet; I am out for the duration. Even if I have to protect myself, I won't be erased in the process!