Trump administration revokes promise to be LGBTQ-friendly

Donald Trump, as president, has made numerous false statements in public speeches, remarks, and even in tweets. He uttered at least one false or misleading claim per day on his first three months in office. His administration developed a highly contentious relationship with the media, constantly describing it as “fake news media” and “the enemy of the people”.

Trump used Twitter for his presidential campaign and continued to personally tweet from his personal account @realDonaldTrump, while his staff tweet on his behalf using the official @POTUS account. It’s been unconventional for a president because it’s being used to initiate controversy and news in their own right. Until it’s been reported as ill-considered, impulsive, vengeful, and bullying, he has used Twitter to threaten and intimidate his political opponents and potential political allies needed to pass bills.

The president announced that his administration would keep intact the 2014 executive order that protects employees from anti-LGBTQ workplace discrimination, but a few months later he rolled it back. He rescinded the following:

  • An Obama directive that allows transgender people to use bathrooms and locker rooms of their chosen identity
  • The capacity to serve in the U.S. Military citing alleged disruptions and tremendous medical costs

He also announced a new policy on transgender members: a ban on those with a diagnosis of gender dysphoria (the condition of feeling one’s emotional and psychological identity as male or female to be opposite to one’s biological sex). And he even failed to recognize LGBTQ Pride Month.

“Setting a destructive precedent, the Trump-Pence administration intends to erase LGBTQ people from federal civil rights protections and eviscerate enforcement of non-discrimination laws,” the LGBT group’s president, Chad Griffin, said in a statement.

“Defining ‘sex’ in this narrow language tailored to the talking points of anti-equality extremists is part of a deliberate strategy to eliminate federal protections for LGBTQ people,” Griffin said.

Whatever the cause, the result is Trump’s presidency and administration have now adopted a broad anti-LGBTQ agenda—one that has gone after LGBTQ workers, troops, and even patients. And more than showing his dishonesty, this agenda potentially threatens the rights of LGBTQ Americans.