Monday, November 30, 2020

Reminder - Donald Trump waged a silent but deadly war against LGBTQ America. Here are the 'receipts'

Reminder of Trump's 2016 broken promise to our community.

Far be it from me to be "that guy," but I have to point out that there are still some people out there who do not think that Donald Trump did any harm to the LGBTQ community during his four years in power. And to compound this awful belief is that some of these folks are our LGBTQ brothers and sisters. 

Yep, believe it or not, there are some members of the LGBTQ community who think that Donald Trump did no harm to us. 

I could spend a long time deconstructing and analyzing this fact, but I think it would serve us better - at least for now - to list some of the ways the Trump Administration undermined LGBTQ safety and equality. 

Here are just a few courtesy of the Human Rights Campaign:

In the Workplace  
Supported employment discrimination against LGBTQ people: The Trump administration   submitted amicus briefs to the U.S. Supreme Court supporting discrimination against LGBTQ people. 
Banned transgender service members from the military: Against the expert advice of military leadership, medical authorities, budget analysts, 70% of Americans and the armed forces of allied countries, Trump and Pence banned transgender people from serving in the military. 

Rolled back Obama-era non-discrimination protections: Trump’s Department of Justice upended previous DOJ interpretations of the Civil Rights Act that protect transgender and non-binary workers from employment discrimination and ceased enforcing non-discrimination protections as well as taking a hostile stance to LGBTQ workers in court. 

Issued rule to license discrimination: Trump’s Department of Labor issued a regulation designed to allow federal contractors to claim a religious exemption to fire LGBTQ workers because of their sexual orientation or gender identity. 

'Former Starbucks employee claims she was fired for not wearing Pride t-shirt. Situation may be more complicated' & other Mon midday news briefs

Starbucks lawsuit may be less about religious beliefs and more about behavior.

Barista fired after telling coworkers they “need Jesus” if they wear a Pride t-shirt. She’s suing. - Before Fox News and the rest of that crowd begin spinning lies, please be informed about what allegedly happened. She claims Starbucks fired her for refusing to wear a "Pride t-shirt." However, Starbucks is claiming that her comments during the situation caused problems. Guess which side of the story Fox News and company will be furiously pushing. 

What Happens in Georgia Will Affect Every LGBTQ+ American - Two elections in Georgia could mean control of the Senate. The Democrats get that and more pro-LGBTQ bill could be passed. 

Nearly half of LGBTQ adults are religious, U.S. study finds - So this idea that there is a "gays vs. religion" narrative is false.