Donald Trump will Continue Obama-Era LGBT Protection Policy, But LGBT Organizations are Not Buying it

Although many were speculating yesterday that President Donald Trump would be issuing an executive order to dismantle Obama-era anti-discrimination LGBT policies, the president says he will continue to protect the rights of LGBT people. The executive order the President Trump is referring to is a 2014 mandate requiring non-discrimination against LGBT people working for federal contractors.

“The President is proud to have been the first ever GOP (Republican) nominee to mention the LGBTQ community in his nomination acceptance speech, pledging then to protect the community from violence and oppression,” the White House said in a statement.

“Donald Trump is no friend to the LGBTQ community — regardless of what he or the White House leakers may be suggesting in the media. We need look no further than his extremist anti-LGBTQ Vice President Pence and Cabinet picks to see the real agenda at play. The truth is he has been playing deeply harmful games with LGBTQ people’s lives throughout his campaign and every single day of his days-old presidency. The problem for him is we are everywhere — so when he signs executive orders designed to demonize and dehumanize anyone — Muslims, women, refugees, people of color, immigrants — he is attacking us all.   President Trump does not get bonus points for discriminating a little. Discrimination is discrimination. Racism is racism. Islamophobia is Islamophobia.  Through our resistance, and the resistance of millions of people in every part of the nation, we will not stand by as he signs wave after wave of discriminatory policies with his pen.  Not on our watch, not in our name,” said Rea Carey, Executive Director, National LGBTQ Task Force Action Fund.

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