Americans have gotten used to their politicians not keeping their promises. In fact, it has become expected. But, there are little lies, and then there are big lies. After eight years of near-nirvana with President Obama, the country, and the world at large, are experiencing a new era in not big little lies, but big big lies that are incessant and almost daily. According to several trustworthy political websites, commentators, political pundits, and credible organizations, Donald Trump has made more than 1,500 lies since inauguration. By the time you finish reading this, it is likely that the number will have increased significantly, again.
Every election, the President is held up to the country and graded on what he has delivered on versus what he promised to our community. Donald Trump, who has claimed time and time again not to be a politician, clearly is also not a lot of things.
An ally of the LGBT community.
It is time to get to the bottom of it all and unearth what Trump has done for the LGBT community over the past year in his first in the White House. Here are some of the many examples of the Trump administration actions and decisions that have made the LGBTQ rights and equality movement in the United States take a giant step backward over the course of the past year in office:
- One of Trump’s first major acts as President was an appointment to the Supreme Court. Never mind that Republicans blocked former President Obama’s pick for months. With control of the House and Senate, Trump appointed Neil Gorsuch to Antonin Scalia, who was a noted anti-LGBTQ judge during his tenure. With a record on gay rights that was considered muddled at best, it was unsure of how conservative Gorsuch would be once appointed. Thus far, he has dissented on a ruling requiring states to list same-sex parents on birth certificates.
- The LGBTQ community still faces considerable discrimination in many areas, and Trump promised to be a supporter of gay rights before his election, but since that time, about a third of his judicial nominees have records that are decidedly anti-LGBTQ, with many expected to rule on some of the most important issues affecting our community in the coming years.
- Claiming to be a supporter of minorities and ‘the blacks’, Trump appointed his former rival for the Republican nomination, Ben Carson, as head of Housing and Urban Development, who proceeded to compare being gay to bestiality and paedophilia.
- Trump appointee Betsy DeVos, who many believed paid her way into his Cabinet, decided to roll back Obama’s position on transgender children receiving protections under federal civil rights, meaning their right to use locker rooms and bathrooms aligned with their gender identity were no more. The ordinance affects kids from grades kindergarten through grade 12.
- Appointed by Trump as the head of the Department of Health and Human Services, Tom Price used his power to end data collection on elderly LGBTQ people, with many citing the move as another strategy to ignore the concerns of the community at every age bracket.
- Many critics of the Trump administration believe he is literally attempting to erase Obama’s tenure from the history books and in true to form, he has rescinded his executive order that mandated trans workers be protected under civil law. With this act, lawyers can now argue that anti-discrimination is not illegal under federal laws.
- Maybe he has dreams of us all calling it ‘Trumpcare’, but whatever the case, Trump and his minions have fought tooth and nail to repeal Obamacare (ACA) even with no clear alternative to replace it. For those living with HIV or other diseases that rely on Medicaid, the fact that is continues to be up for the chopping block remains serious cause for concern. In an even bigger slap to the LGBTQ community, the Trump administration took down the White House page on the Office of national AIDS Policy and has not yet named anyone in charge of the office, with several members of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS fired for no apparent reason and no explanation given. Does Trump care about HIV/AIDS in the LGBTQ community? Computer says a resounding NO.
- Trump attempted to reinstate the ban on trans people openly joining and serving the military after President Obama reversed the ban in 2017. Despite his attempts, however, and claims that trans health costs were too expensive, trans people still are able to enlist and serve the country.
Furthermore, Trump ignored LGBTQ Pride Month, rebuked transgender spokeswoman Caitlyn Jenner, and has seemingly picked up the uber-conservative mantle of Vice President Mike Pence and Attorney General Jeff Sessions, who both have extreme views on homosexuality and are vehemently against LGBTQ causes.
After all this, in just one short year, it’s time to ask, what has the Trump administration done for you, or the LGBTQ community?