lgbt / gay community

Donald Trump is the first President of the United States who was elected as an open supporter of the gay community at large and gay marriage specifically. Until it was politically expedient,  Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton both consistently opposed gay marriage for the overwhelming majority of their political careers. 

4/28/16: Donald Trump announced that Caitlyn Jenner (America's most famous transgender person) could use whichever bathroom she wanted at Trump Tower -- and the transgender reality star did just that. 

​7/21/16: Trump was the first ever Republican presidential nominee that directly addressed the LGBT community from the convention podium.

10/30/16: At a rally in Colorado, Donald Trump proudly held up a rainbow-colored, gay flag on which was written "LGBT's for Trump."

11/12/16: Trump selected Peter Thiel to join his presidential transition team on an openly gay man. This is coming off the heels of the RNC convention where Trump invited Peter Thiel to be the first openly gay man to speak at the RNC event in 16 years.

11/13/16: Then President elect Trump sad he's 'fine' with legalization of same-sex marriage. “These cases have gone to the Supreme Court. They’ve been settled. And I’m — I’m fine with that,” he said.

1/31/17: President Trump will continue an executive order protecting federal employees from anti-LGBTQ discrimination that was first signed in 2014 by President Barack Obama. "President Donald J. Trump is determined to protect the rights of all Americans, including the LGBTQ community," the White House said in a statement. "The executive order signed in 2014, which protects employees from anti-LGBTQ workplace discrimination while working for federal contractors, will remain intact."

​2/22/17: The Trump administration ended federal protections (created by President Obama) for transgender students that instructed schools to allow them to use bathrooms and locker rooms matching their gender identities. We agree with the President Trump's decision based on one simple fact. The government should not be mandating local schools and communities. If a student decides that he/she identifies as the opposite gender, it should be handled locally by the school and community on a case by cases basis. Transgenders make up just 0.6 % of the population. Infringing on the rights of 98.4% of the population by federally madating laws to appease the 0.6% simply does't make much sense.  

5/4/17: When President Trump signed an executive order to ease ban on political activity by churches, Trump made sure the order did not include provisions to allow government agencies and businesses to deny services to gay people in the name of religious freedom.

​6/11/17: President Trump's administration, to the dismay of some conservatives,continued President Obama’s policy the by hosting an LGBT pride celebration at the Pentagon.

6/17/17: President Trump took a photo op in the Oval Office with "sassy" openly gay teacher. “I kind of popped open my fan just to be kind of a little bit sassy, as I am prone to being.” According to the teacher Nikos Giannpoulos, Trump immediately took notice of the fashion accessory. “I started fanning myself and he complimented the fan actually, so that was his first sentence to me. It was basically, ‘Oh, I like the fan.’ And then he also told me that I was very stylish.” The photo went viral. 

3/20/18: Trump appointed the first ever openly gay US ambassador, Richard Grenell, to be the U.S. envoy to Germany.

​5/15/18: President Trump's Attorney General Jeff Sessions has reversed an Obama policy that allowed transgender felons to move from men’s prisons into women’s prisons. The new policy will instead base prison location on the prisoner's “biological sex.” The reversal ensures the saftey of women prisoners who would be vulnerable to physical abuse from stronger transgenders who were born as a male.

8/24/18:  President Trump nominated out lesbian Mary M. Rowland to the federal bench in Illinois.

10/6/18: Trump nominates a second openly gay conservative to federal appeals court. Patrick Bumatay is the second openly gay person to be nominated by Trump to be a federal judge. 

2/12/19: Gay activist and Billboard Top 40 recording artist Ricky Rebel showed his support for President Trump by wearing a Trump jacket and outfit during the 2019 Grammys.