When Trump tweets support for LGBTQ people on Pride month
President Donald Trump tweets support for the LGBTQ people on the eve of Pride month, but nobody really believes him given his administration’s previous actions against the LGBTQ community.
While this is the first time the American president has acknowledged Pride month and is the first time a Republican president has done so, Trump still hasn’t declared June as Pride month in the US.
Trump tweets versus Trump actions
Last May 31, Trump said in a couple of Tweets: “As we celebrate LGBT Pride Month and recognise the outstanding contributions LGBT people have made to our great Nation, let us also stand in solidarity with the many LGBT people who live in dozens of countries worldwide that punish, imprison, or even execute individuals….”
“….on the basis of their sexual orientation. My Administration has launched a global campaign to decriminalise homosexuality and invite all nations to join us in this effort!” he said.
The President was reportedly referencing to a plan by Richard Grenell, the American ambassador to Germany, which was introduced in February.
Unfortunately, Trump had been sued a couple of weeks ago over his administration’s plan to scale down discrimination protections in healthcare even as he wants to take out transgender healthcare protections.
Likewise, he’s said that he wants to appoint Ken Cuccinelli, a known anti-gay proponent, to head the US immigration system.
What’s more, his administration has proposed new rules that would allow discrimination against homeless transgender people.
Prior to these, he has also pushed for stripping rights of transgender families in military service and allowed religious adoption agencies to refuse LGBTQ couples from adopting.
Trump tweets get no love from critics
However, LGBTQ personalities and advocacy groups– as well as their allies– were not accepting of this proclamation.
Chad Griffin, the president of the Human Rights Campaign, said on Twitter, “You can’t celebrate Pride and constantly undermine our rights– including attacking #TransHealth, discharging #TransTroops, refusing to protect LGBTQ youth, and cozying up to dictators who brutalize & marginalize LGBTQ people.”
“This is gross hypocrisy, with an emphasis on gross,” Griffin added.
The Twitter account of the Democratic National Committee responded to the President tweet by saying: “You want to define transgender people out of existence. Your record speaks for itself, and a single tweet won’t change that.”
Writing at The Advocate, Neal Broverman said: “Trump’s words are clear–disregard everything I’ve done to you, just be appreciative we don’t jail you or hang you from a noose.”
However, Gregory T. Angelo, former president of the Log Cabin Republicans, which represents LGBTQ conservatives declared: “Been waiting all my life for a Republican to show this kind of leadership,”
Kellyanne Conway, counselor to the president, said that Trump was “the first president to start as president for approving of gay marriage.”
Trump tweets but no Pride month recognition
Ironically, Trump still has proclaimed June as Pride Month despite his tweets supposedly LGBTQ Americans.
After the said tweets, the White House reported that Trump had signed a number of presidential proclamations recognizing different celebrations for the month of June.
These include: National Caribbean-American Heritage Month, Great Outdoors Month, National Homeownership Month,
African American Music Appreciation Month, and National Ocean Month.
However, like in the previous two years, Trump hasn’t officially recognized June as Pride Month.
Under Trump, the US had voted against a United Nations resolution condemning the use of death penalty against homosexuality.