Log Cabin Republicans, the US-based LGBTI and allies group of Republican supporters, has announced its new Executive Director. Jerri Ann Henry, who takes on the role, will be the group’s first female leader since its inception in 1977.
Log Cabin Republicans has expanded since its launch to include 35 chapters in 26 states. It works within the Republican party to push for equal rights for LGBT people.
‘No other organization better suited to offer solutions’
In a press statment, Jerri Ann Henry said, ‘Log Cabin Republicans have a rich history of grassroots activism and a legacy of great leaders, and there is no other organization better suited to offer solutions to today’s challenging political environment than us.
‘I’m humbled to step into this leadership role, and I don’t take it lightly — I believe my experience with the Republican Party and LGBT community, combined with this incredible team will allow us to build a strong, effective movement and grow the Republican Party of the future.’
Hi friends. I've got some news. I've taken on the role of Executive director of @LogCabinGOP and @LibertyEdForum. I also finalized my Thanksgiving menu. I'm very excited about both things, but the new job does take a lead over the menu. Slightly.
— JerriAnnHenry (@JerriAnnHenry) November 13, 2018
Henry attended Texas A&M university and has a background working in public affairs and strategic communications.
Besides heading Log Cabin Republicans, she also takes on the leadership of the Liberty Education Forum Boards of Directors: a Washington DC-based non-partisan, non-profit that aims to help educate the US public on gay issues.
Log Cabins Immediate Past President Gregory T. Angelo, said of the appointment, ‘As someone who has known Jerri Ann Henry for years, I couldn’t be more pleased to see the Log Cabin Republicans and Liberty Education Forum Boards of Directors have chosen her to continue the proud legacy of both organizations into the future.
‘After achieving the historic firsts of full participation at the Conservative Political Action Conference, formal recognition from the Republican National Committee, and public commendation of Log Cabin Republicans from a sitting Republican president during my tenure, the future looks bright for Log Cabin Republicans; I wish Ms. Henry all the best as she continues to advance an inclusive, winning strategy.’
Log Cabin Republicans and President Trump
The Log Cabin Republicans board voted not to endorse Donald Trump in the 2016 Presidential election. However, several of its nationwide chapters did endorse Trump, and the organization congratulated him on his win.
In return, President Trump wrote to the organization last December to congratulate it on its 40th anniversary.
Trump said in his letter, ‘We are equal in the eyes of our Creator. And we are equal under our Constitution. No matter the color of our skin or our sexual orientation, we all live under the same laws, salute the same great American flag and are made in the image of the same Almighty God.’
Despite this, Trump’s Presidency has been marked by notable attempts to rollback LGBTI rights. These include his attempts to ban transgender people from the military and amending LGBT civil rights protections at the Justice Department put in place during the Obama administration.
Last month, a leaked memo from the Trump administration revealed plans to restrict the definition of sex to genitalia at birth. This would effectively erase trangender identities in the eyes of the law.
In July, President Trump appointed a former Log Cabin Republicans President, R. Clarke Cooper, to serve as Assistant Secretary of State for Political-Military Affairs.