Wednesday, November 30, 2016
The Trump Cabinet Is Not Looking Good For The Gays
Newsflash - Donald Trump, who during the presidential campaign said he'd be "so much better for the gays," is not doing so great for the gays when you realize that all of his administration appointments so far oppose equal rights for LGBTs.
The guy who could barely pronounce "L-G-B-T-Q" at his national convention looks like he's rounding up every anti-LGBT political personality he can find.
Let's look at Trump's choice for Attorney General, Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions. Sessions voted against marriage equality, repealing DADT, and received a prefect "0" rating from the Human Rights Campaign.
Really makes you feel like America's next "Top Cop" is really going to be looking out for you, huh?
Secretary of Education nominee, Betsy DeVos, donated $700,000 to various anti-LGBT groups who fought tooth and nail against same-sex marriage. Plus, she basically opposes fixing public schools and would like to see school vouchers become the norm.
Secretary of Health and Human Services choice, Tom Price, is another total zero, at least when it comes to his Human Rights Campaign rating thanks in great part to his co-sponsorship of the First Amendment Defense Act which would legalize LGBT discrimination based on "deeply held religious beliefs. Plus, he called the Obergefell decision "a sad day for marriage."
Vice President Mike Pence - where to start? He started an international shit storm last year when he signed Indiana’s anti-LGBT ‘Religious Freedom Restoration Act’ into law, giving businesses the right to discriminate against gay people on the grounds of religion.
Pence would also like to repeal President Obama’s executive protections on LGBT rights, so that “the transgender bathroom issue can be resolved with common sense at the local level”.
Under Reince Priebus' leadership, the GOP adopted it's most into-LGBT platform in years. Priebus has been tagged for the plum role of Chief of Staff in the Trump administration. He also bears the pride of a zero rating from the HRC,
Incoming National Security Advisor Michael Flynn has a long history of opposing gays in the military. Most recently he was very verbal about allowing transgender folks to serve openly in the U.S. armed forces.
Stay tuned for more. I'm sure this is just the tip of the titanic Trump iceberg.
Posted by Randy Slovacek at 11:55 AM