Trump Administration Attacks LGBT Community On Three Fronts Over The Last 24 Hours
by Dan Savage • Mar 29, 2017 at 7:50 am
There are, unbelievably, some "Gays for Trump" out there. I would ask one of them to comment on what the Trump administration has been up to over the last 24 hours... but homosexuals for homophobes didn't have anything coherent to say the day before yesterday and I can't imagine they have anything coherent to say this morning. Anyway, in the last 24 hours...
-Expectations that the 2020 census might start including LGBTQ subjects were raised and then quickly dashed on Tuesday after the U.S. Census admitted that it had "inadvertently" included "sexual orientation" and "gender identity," in a long-awaited report outlining new categories for the survey. In response, GLAAD's CEO, Sarah Kate Ellis, branded the move as a "systematic effort on behalf of the Trump administration to erase LGBT people." Last year, various federal agencies urged the Census Bureau to include sexual orientation and gender in their data as it was crucial to their role in enforcing the law. The survey, which has been conducted every ten years since 1790, includes a wide range of questions designed to gather data on everything from languages spoken to household plumbing facilities.
-An executive order President Trump signed Monday has gutted the LGBT protections President Obama implemented for employees of federal contractors — as well as many other protections those workers enjoyed. Trump rescinded the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces order, also known as Executive Order 13673, that President Obama issued in 2014. That order required companies wishing to contract with the federal government to show that they’ve complied with various federal laws and other executive orders. Notably, Obama issued that order in tandem with Executive Order 13672, which prohibited contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. This means that there is no way to enforce the LGBT protections granted in 13672..
President Donald Trump’s administration has proposed cutting $1.23 billion this fiscal year from research funded by the National Institutes of Health, according to a White House document sent to congressional appropriators.... A worldwide initiative to help people with HIV and AIDS, known as PEPFAR and heavily focused on patient treatment in Africa, would be slashed by almost $300 million under the plan. The savings would be found by slowing the rate of new patients put on treatment and reducing support to “low-performing countries.” States also would face a $50 million cut that would target “less effective HIV research and prevention activities.”This tweet isn't aging well...
There is no question in my mind @realDonaldTrump will protect ALL Americans regardless of race or sexual orientation https://t.co/qBs4PqVk0w— GaysForTrump (@apoliticvoice) August 26, 2016