21 Reasons Why Trump Is a TERRIBLE Choice for LGBTQ+ Community

Donald Trump’s presidency was a stark exhibit of regressive policies and divisive rhetoric, particularly impacting the LGBTQ+ community. His tenure was marked by a systematic dismantling of rights and protections, which had been hard-won over years of advocacy.

1. Reversal of Transgender Protections

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Trump’s administration revoked critical Obama-era protections that allowed transgender students to use bathrooms corresponding with their gender identity, blatantly ignoring the urgent needs for safety and acceptance in educational environments.

2. Ban on Transgender Military Service

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In a move that blindsided even the Pentagon, Trump announced a ban on transgender individuals serving in the military, citing dubious “medical costs” and “disruption,” thereby rolling back inclusive practices in the armed forces.

3. Appointment of Conservative Judges

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Trump’s aggressive appointment of conservative judges has threatened LGBTQ+ rights long-term. These judges, many with anti-LGBTQ+ records, will influence American jurisprudence for decades.

4. Removal of LGBTQ+ Health Protections

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The Department of Health and Human Services under Trump moved to roll back protections against discrimination in healthcare based on gender identity, dangerously leaving transgender people vulnerable to being denied critical health services.

5. Support for Religious Exemption Laws

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Trump championed religious exemption laws that permit businesses and individuals to deny services to LGBTQ+ people based on personal beliefs, effectively prioritizing discriminatory practices over civil rights.

6. Ignoring Pride Month

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Trump broke with established precedent by not officially recognizing Pride Month during his presidency, a clear snub to the LGBTQ+ community’s fight for recognition and equality.

7. Endorsement of Discriminatory Policies Internationally

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His administration actively supported countries that rolled back LGBTQ+ rights, signaling a worrying endorsement of international human rights regressions.

8. Erasure of LGBTQ+ Data Collection

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Under Trump, federal surveys and censuses were stripped of questions identifying sexual orientation and gender identity, erasing LGBTQ+ visibility in government data collection crucial for policy making and support.

9. Housing Discrimination

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The Trump administration proposed changes to the Fair Housing Act, making it harder for LGBTQ+ individuals to fight discrimination in renting or buying homes.

10. Health and Human Services Division of Conscience and Religious Freedom

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This division was established to protect healthcare workers who refuse to perform certain procedures, including those related to LGBTQ+ health, based on religious or moral objections.

11. Undermining LGBTQ+ Rights at the UN

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The administration fought to remove mentions of “gender” in United Nations human rights documents, attempting to narrow protections against discrimination.

12. Fostering Hostile School Environments

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By rescinding guidance on protecting transgender students, the administration fostered a more hostile environment in schools, contributing to bullying and reduced safety for LGBTQ+ students.

13. Limiting Asylum for LGBTQ+ Refugees

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The Trump administration imposed stricter rules and decisions that limited the ability of LGBTQ+ individuals to seek asylum in the U.S. based on persecution due to their sexual orientation or gender identity.

14. Promoting Conversion Therapy Proponents

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Trump’s administration included figures who have openly supported conversion therapy, a debunked and harmful practice aimed at changing an individual’s sexual orientation or gender identity.

15. Opposing the Equality Act

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Trump openly opposed the Equality Act, which would have provided comprehensive protections against discrimination for LGBTQ+ people across key areas of life.

16. Reduction in HIV/AIDS Support

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The administration cut global funds for HIV/AIDS programs, which disproportionately affect the LGBTQ+ community, particularly in sub-Saharan Africa where rates are highest.

17. Dismissal of LGBTQ+ White House Liaison

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The role of LGBTQ+ liaison in the White House was effectively diminished under Trump, signaling a lower priority given to the concerns and rights of the community.

18. Lack of Response to Anti-LGBTQ+ Violence

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Trump’s administration was often silent in the face of rising hate crimes and violence against LGBTQ+ individuals, failing to condemn these acts decisively.

19. Encouraging Discriminatory School Policies

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The administration supported policies that allow schools to discriminate against LGBTQ+ students in activities and access to facilities.

20. Reversing American Embassy Pride Flag Policies

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Trump’s administration rejected requests from U.S. embassies to fly the Pride flag on official flagpoles, a symbolic gesture of international solidarity that was previously commonplace.

21. Marginalizing LGBTQ+ Voices

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Throughout his presidency, Trump marginalized the voices and concerns of the LGBTQ+ community, often excluding them from policy discussions and ignoring their pleas for support and recognition.

Think Twice

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With a track record of undermining LGBTQ+ protections and promoting policies that marginalize diverse communities, Trump’s potential reelection poses a significant threat to the progress made in LGBTQ+ rights. It’s a stark reminder that political choices have real consequences for real people.

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