|Trump America: Anti-gay and Transgender Measures on the Increase|
by Redaktie in History & Politics , 20 July 2019
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A report from Glaad shows that the Trump administration has been guilty of gay and transgender discrimination of and attacks on gay and transgender people on more than 100 occasions since Donald Trump became President of the US.
Glaad's Trump Accountability Project Report, which monitors the regressive actions taken against gay and transgender rights of the Trump administration, also shows that until the beginning of April 2019, the Trump administration has been guilty of gay and transgender discrimination on over 100 occasions.
The 101st occurrence of this was issued by Republican housing and urban development secretary Ben Carson, who deleted a rule for landlords that will now allow them to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. The Glaad project recorded 101 attacks in the 805 days that Trump is in power, with an average of just under one a week.
The 100 anti-gay and transgender measures include all of Trump's well-documented attacks on transgender rights, banning transgender people from serving in the army and rolling back protection for trans children at schools. They also include actions that received less mainstream media attention, such as support from the Ministry of Justice for 'freedom to discriminate' legal challenges by LGBTs and transgender people at state level, as well as the protection of civil rights that are in danger of being undermined.
Trump has put forward ultra-conservative judicial nominees who support the consensus against LGBT rights. There is also the introduction of laws that legally allow people to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity from religious beliefs. And the reversal of laws that protect LGBT people, such as the law that protects employees based on sexual orientation and gender identity, whereby, moreover, employers may now dismiss someone based on sexual orientation or gender identity.
Zeke Stokes, Chief Programs Officer at GLAAD: "There is a systematic and sinister anti-gay and transgender agenda. More than ever, it is essential that LGBT Americans raise their voices and tell their stories. The gay and transgender communities should not be suppressed, and we will not accept that we are silenced."
Good News Yet
Until the last elections, and for the most part to date, LGBTs are dependent on the goodwill of companies and local and state politicians. In states where Democrats are (again) in the majority since the last mid-term elections, LGBTs have nothing to fear. Moreover, since the past two years there are increased protests from all political and even religious heterosexual communities against Trump's anti-gay and transgender policies.
Finally, since the last election, Trump and his administration have been increasingly opposed, as the Democrats are again in control of the House of Representatives. However, it should also be mentioned that occasionally there are also Republican politicians who are against the anti-gay and transgender attitude and laws of President Trump, who, since his appointment as president, has also made it a sport to reverse as many laws as possible that were introduced by former President Obama, including numerous pro-gay and trans laws.
GLAAD is an American non-profit organization dedicated to promoting and monitoring the sincere representation of gays, bisexual and transgender people in the media and beyond as a way to combat homophobia and discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity.
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