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Trump administration attacks LGBTI rights over 100 times

Trump administration attacks LGBTI rights over 100 times

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The Trump administration has attacked LGBTI rights over 100 times, according to LGBTI rights group GLAAD.

The group has been recording anti-LGBTI statements and actions by US President Donald Trump’s government under the Trump Accountability Project (TAP).

GLAAD’s TAP has tallied 101 occasions of attacks on the LGBTI community since Trump took office just over 800 days ago. This works out to almost one a week.

The TAP moved into three figures following a tense House Appropriations hearing with Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson.

In the hearing, Carson clashed with Rep. Mike Quigley after saying he did not have plans to restore guidelines prohibiting discrimination against LGBTI Americans.

Quigley summed up the hearing by saying: ‘We are all now more stupid than we were when we came [into] the room today’.

‘A sinister erasing of LGBTQ protections’ 

The Trump White House has a particularly woeful record on trans rights.

This includes Trump’s ongoing move to ban trans troops from the military, which has caused significant backlash.

In a statement, Zeke Stokes, GLAAD’s Chief Programs Officer, slammed the White House’s approach to LGBTI rights.

‘There is a systematic and sinister erasing of LGBTQ protections and policies happening at the hands of this Administration,’ said Stokes.

‘Now more than ever, it’s vital LGBTQ Americans and marginalized communities raise their voices and tell their stories. The LGBTQ community will not go into hiding, and we will not be silenced.’

Last month, employees at the Department of Justice wrote a letter to Attorney General William Barr regarding the treatment of LGBTI employees at the department.

The letter described low morale among LGBTI staff. It also cited several instances of LGBTI employees resigning due to the work climate.

The Democratic ‘pink wave’

The Trump administration’s poor record on LGBTI issues stands in stark contrast to LGBTI support shown within the Democratic party.

Last year’s November midterm elections saw a record number of LGBTI politicians being elected to office, in what many commentators described as a ‘pink wave’.

In recent weeks, Pete Buttigieg, the openly gay mayor of South Bend, Indiana, has experienced a surge in popularity during his run for president.

Numerous high-profile Democrats have also been openly supportive of LGBTI rights. This includes fellow presidential hopefuls Cory Booker, Kamala Harris, and Bernie Sanders.

Sanders recently caused a stir online by displaying a trans rights flag outside of his office.

‘I am proud to display this flag as a symbol of my support for transgender people across the country,’ Sanders tweeted.