"President Trump continues to be respectful and supportive of LGBTQ rights."From: NewNowNext
The White House has issued a statement claiming protections for LGBT federal employees will remain in place, in the wake of reports President Trump was preparing to issue an executive order rescinding rights put in place by President Obama.
“President Trump continues to be respectful and supportive of LGBTQ rights, just as he was throughout the election. The president is proud to have been the first-ever GOP nominee to mention the LGBTQ community in his nomination acceptance speech, pledging then to protect the community from violence and oppression.”
On Monday afternoon, rumors began circulating that Trump’s next order would allow for discrimination in employment, housing, business, adoption and other areas.
Heard from two jouralists who have seen a leaked draft of an anti-LGBT executive order that is apparently pretty bad :(— Sam Altman (@sama) January 30, 2017
A draft of the order was purportedly circulating in Washington last weekend, and had been seen by a number of journalists. Whether such claims were unfounded, or the Trump administration abandoned its plan is unclear.
On Monday, White House press secretary Sean Spicer declined to comment about the issue.
“I’m not getting ahead of the executive orders that we may or may not issue,” he said. “There is a lot of executive orders, a lot of things that the president has talked about and will continue to fulfill, but we have nothing on that front now.”
In his convention speech, Trump vowed to protect LGBT Americans “from the violence and oppression of a hateful foreign ideology.” Though he made no mention of protecting their rights at home.
And Vice President Mike Pence and a majority of Trump’s cabinet have long records of attacking LGBT rights.
“As the President and his team plan their next steps, we want to make one thing clear: we won’t give one inch when it comes to defending equality, whether it is a full-on frontal assault or an attack under the guise of religion,” said HRC’s JoDee Winterhof in response to rumors about the order.
She added that HRC “will stand with those who have already been targeted by this administration and are prepared to fight tooth and nail against every effort to discriminate.”