We had that conversation during which you and two friends explained to me that you were voting for Trump because he was the best friend to “The Gays”, and things were good here in Massachusetts, so what did we have to fear as a GLBT Community.
Thanks Lesbian veteran who claimed the same thing even as while you had been in the military you had to be careful of discovery or face dishonorable discharge and loss of your veteran benefits and possible future employment because you bought the trope that Obama was coming for your guns and you wanted to make sure Hillary wouldn’t take them either.
Instead you got someone willing to take much more, and has.
Thanks greasy haired tall guy who kept promoting Trump to the young patrons of the Gay bar because they had nothing to lose, telling them that those of us who were concerned were just using fear to promote the other candidate. Yes, you, the guy who condemned imaginary socialism that would come with the defeat of Trump, but had no problem taking a few slices of pizza that someone else had bought for the bar as you spoke to those young men between bites.
Here’s what was not going to happen.
Donald Trump has signed an executive order that revokes President Obama’s Executive Order 13673, or “the Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces Order” requiring that companies receiving large federal contracts demonstrate they have complied with federal laws prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender stereotyping.
Contractors can once again discriminate against members of the GLBT Community in hiring and firing, and can still get federal contracts paid partially by the tax dollars collected from the people against whom they can discriminate bringing back the days when the money of Gay people was acceptable, but the people weren’t.
Federal contractors no longer have to prove they have been compliant with the Americans with Disabilities Act, the Rehabilitation Act, the Family and Medical Leave Act, or Title VII of the Civil Rights Act.
The Trump administration is proposing a budget that includes cuts of at least $342 million to HIV/AIDS prevention and research, as well as a $50 million cut in the domestic HIV/AIDS budget and another $50 million from the global HIV/AIDS CDC program.
Now compare these cuts to Mike Pence’s expressed desire to take away HIV funding in exchange for starting “Gay Cure” programs. That would include conversion therapy programs where children can be sent to unregulated and uncertified therapists who will take the Gay out and put the Jesus in.
The 2020 census will not include GLBT people as a counted population.
This data is important when it comes to enforcing law because law makers would be better equipped to ensure appropriate legislation to improve the lives of GLBT citizens.
Meghan Maury, Criminal and Economic Justice Project Director of the National LGBTQ Task Force released a statement:
“Today, the Trump Administration has taken yet another step to deny LGBTQ people freedom, justice, and equity, by choosing to exclude us from the 2020 Census and American Community Survey. LGBTQ people are not counted on the Census—no data is collected on sexual orientation or gender identity. Information from these surveys helps the government to enforce federal laws like the Violence Against Women Act and the Fair Housing Act and to determine how to allocate resources like housing supports and food stamps. If the government doesn’t know how many LGBTQ people live in a community, how can it do its job to ensure we’re getting fair and adequate access to the rights, protections and services we need? We call on President Trump and his Administration to begin collecting sexual orientation and gender identity data on the American Community Survey as soon as possible and urge Congress to conduct oversight hearings to reveal why the Administration made the last-minute decision not to collect data on LGBTQ people.”
And if these acts of friendship weren’t enough, Trump has appointed anti-GLBT activist Roger Severino to lead the Department of Health and Human Services’ Office of Civil Rights (OCR). He is just one more person appointed by Trump to head an office that he has actively opposed since, as the Director of the DeVos Center for Religion and Civil Society for the Heritage Foundation, Severino spoke out against civil rights protections.
He authored a report opposing the OCR’s implementation of a portion of the Affordable Care Act (ACA) prohibiting discrimination based on race, color, national origin, age, disability, and sex in federally-funded health programs, and opposed extending non-discrimination protections to Transgender people.
Winnie Stachelberg, executive vice president for external affairs at the Center for American Progress, has stated,
“Before the Affordable Care Act, insurance companies routinely denied equal treatment to same-sex couples and more than half of private insurance plans explicitly discriminated against transgender patients, with more than a quarter of transgender people reported being denied medical care by a provider. Severino’s writing makes it clear that he wants to take us back to the days when 1 in 4 transgender people was refused medical care outright.”
Severino is a staunch opponent of the GLBT community and now will make important decisions about Civil Rights.
Oopsy. They did have something to lose.
Discrimination is legal again.
The GLBT Community will be rendered invisible in the next census.
Research, prevention, and treatment of AIDS is going to take a big hit.
Civil Rights are under the control of a man who opposes them.
Yep, these are the actions of our best friend.
So, thanks again.