|Since taking office, the Trump Administration has targeted the LGBTQ community 92 times.|
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“There is no reason for LGBTQ Americans or anyone else to see tonight’s State of the Union as anything more than empty rhetoric designed to distract from what’s really happening behind the scenes every day,” said Sarah Kate Ellis, President and CEO at GLAAD. “What LGBTQ people know is this: The Trump Administration is the most anti-LGBTQ in modern history, and will seemingly stoop to any low to roll back the hard-won progress of marginalized communities in this country.”
According to GLAAD’s Trump Accountability Project (TAP), President Trump and his administration have unleashed more than 92 attacks against LGBTQ Americans in policy and rhetoric. From disbanding of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV and AIDS, discharging two service members living with HIV, and banning transgender service members from openly serving their country, GLAAD has catalogued every anti-LGBTQ action by this administration at www.glaad.org/trump.
Ninety-two reasons why the Trump Administration is easily the most homophobic one we have been in a generation. You can read the complete list here. But here are some of the latest items on the list to get you started:
01.28.19 - President Trump meets with Ginni Thomas, wife of U.S. Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas, and anti-LGBTQ group Groundswell at the White House. According to news reports, Ms. Thomas led a meeting with President Trump at the White House where participants denounced transgender Americans and claimed the historic, nationwide marriage equality ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court was “harming the fabric of the United States.” The Supreme Court is on the verge of deciding whether to take up a case regarding Trump's ban on allowing transgender service members from serving in the nation's armed forces.
01.23.19 - The Trump Administration approved a waiver request by South Carolina Governor Henry McMaster, which could give faith-based adoption agencies the ability to deny LGBTQ couples adoption rights based on so-called "religious exemptions" -- all while using government tax dollars.
01.11.19 - More than 13,000 federal workers identifying as LGBTQ do not receive a paycheck as President Trump's government shutdown becomes the longest shut down in U.S. history.
01.03.19 - In a leaked memo by the Justice Department, the Trump Administration considers dissolving the "disparate impact" regulation, which grants marginalized communities (including LGBTQ Americans) legal protections from unintended discrimination in housing, education, and other ways of life.
01.01.19 - NASA Administrator Jim Bridenstine invites Dmitry Rogozin, Director General of Roscosmos, to visit the United States. Rogozin, a politician, is vehemently anti-LGBTQ and even compared the community to ISIS.
12.21.18 - The Department of Justice issued a "Statement of Interest" on a pending case involving the University of Iowa and an anti-LGBTQ student organization. The DOJ sided with the student group that indirectly bars an LGBTQ person from joining their organization. This indirect discrimination is known as a "disparate impact" form of discrimination.
12.20.18 - The Trump Administration tightens its regulations on access to food stamps, affecting about the 1 in 4 LGBTQ adults who apply for the SNAP program.
12.19.18 - The Trump Administration discharges two service members in the Air Force after disclosing their HIV-positive status to the Department of Defense.
12.09.18 - The Trump Administration quietly shuts down a HIV research facility in Montana after the administration objected to the National Institutes of Health (NIH) and its scientists using fetal tissue as a part of its research to find a cure for HIV and AIDS.