According to Chad Felix Greene:
Trump is a unique figure because he has been a well-known media icon for decades and has long publicly supported LGBT rights. He is arguably the most pro-LGBT president ever to be elected and the first to openly support same-sex marriage upon election.
I will return to that in a moment. But first, Chad Felix Greene claims to be a conservative gay Jew from West Virginia who is HIV+. Only The Federalist would provide a forum for Greene. I take that back. Ryan T. Anderson permitted Greene to post an anti-transgender piece at Witherspoon Institute’s blog. Apparently it was sufficiently hateful to warrant Anderson’s endorsement.
The current piece, the one fawning over Trump, is titled: “Top 4 Anti-LGBT Myths Of 2017.” According to Greene:
- 2017 wasn’t really all that deadly for transgender people.
- LGBT hate crimes are not on the rise.
- “Masterpiece Cakeshop did not discriminate at all or deny service to anyone based on his or her sexuality.”
- Trump is really a mensch when it comes to LGBT people.
I am limiting myself to commentary on Trump and I will keep even that relative brief (Greene isn’t worth extensive attention). I would point out:
- Trump selected as his vice president a rabid and irrational anti-LGBT politician.
- Trump appointed another irrational anti-LGBT attack dog to be his attorney general.
- Sessions, presumably with Trump’s okay, has issued LGBT guidance that gays and trans people have no nondiscrimination protection in the federal workplace.
- Sessions even had a private meeting with Alliance Defending Freedom, an anti-LGBT hate group.
- Trump has said that marriage should be determined by the states.
- Trump has promised to appoint justices of the Supreme Court who might overthrow Obergefell v. Hodges.
- Trump’s HUD secretary, Ben Carson, is an unglued anti-LGBT nut.
- Trump fully supported North Carolina’s HB2.
- Hate Group Leader Tony Perkins (Family Research Council) seems to have open access to the White House and, perhaps, the Oval Office.
- Trump has tried to exclude, and dismiss, from military service transgender personnel who are otherwise qualified.
- Through his solicitor general, Trump’s administration argued at the Supreme Court in favor of Masterpiece Cakeshop.
- Trump’s secretary of energy, Rick Perry has a history of campaigning for office by demonstrating that he was anti-LGBT.
- A number of Trump’s nominations to the federal bench have extensive records of animus towards the LGBT community.
- Trump’s narcissism was evident after the Pulse Nightclub shooting. 49 people died and Trump took it upon himself to use it as campaign fodder. Trump was the great friend of the LGBT community because he would keep us safer by discriminating against Muslims. He hasn’t made us safer but he has discriminated.
- Even George W. Bush had a gay staffer in the White House. There is no evidence of so much as one under Trump.
- Departing from tradition, Trump fired every US ambassador include five gay ambassadors nominated by President Obama. Ted Osius, holdover ambassador to Vietnam, departed in July, 2017. (A previous version of this post indicated that Osius was dismissed. Trump’s order did not effect him as a career diplomat. However, Osius’ term was until the end of 2017.)
On the other side of the ledger:
- Richard Grenell was nominated to by ambassador to Germany. Grenell is gay and the nomination is still pending.
I am sure that I missed some but Trump’s record on LGBT people has been worse than dismal.