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Why Obama Is Wrong: LGBT Rights Are All Too Easily 'Reversible'
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Schumer Abortion Appointment
2020-01-26 16:27:40 UTC
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On Wednesday, Washington Blade reporter Chris Johnson asked
President Obama a question that’s on many LGBT Americans’ minds:
What’s going to happen to our rights under President Trump and
his cabinet?

“How confident are you that progress [on LGBT rights] will
endure or continue under the President-elect?” Johnson asked,
after recapping some of the achievements of the last eight
years: the legalization of same-sex marriage, the elimination of
“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” and more.

In response, the outgoing president put a brave face on—but
maybe too brave of a face.

“I don’t think it is something that will be reversible because
American society has changed; the attitudes of young people, in
particular, have changed,” Obama said.

He went on to predict that “there are still going to be some
battles that need to take place,” particularly around
transgender rights, but that pro-LGBT attitudes among “young
people of Malia [and] Sasha’s generation” would ultimately carry
the day.

It’s clear that Obama took the same approach to LGBT rights as a
good Boy Scout does to his campground: He left them in a better
state than he first found them. But how much has American
society really “changed” during his tenure?

At the press conference, the president referred to a
“transformation that’s taken place in our society” around LGBT
rights. But was it an irreversible “transformation” after all?
Not quite.

There’s plenty of evidence to suggest that anti-LGBT sentiment
will be an enduring feature of the American cultural and
political landscape. And there are no guarantees that the
progress the Obama administration has made cannot be turned back.

According to Gallup, just under 30 percent of Americans still
believe that same-sex sexual relationships—not even marriages,
mind you—should be illegal. Over a third oppose same-sex
marriage and 37 percent maintain that “gay or lesbian relations”
are “morally wrong.”

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Michael Ejercito
2020-01-29 17:45:41 UTC
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On Wednesday, Washington Blade reporter Chris Johnson asked
What’s going to happen to our rights under President Trump and
his cabinet?
“How confident are you that progress [on LGBT rights] will
endure or continue under the President-elect?” Johnson asked,
after recapping some of the achievements of the last eight
years: the legalization of same-sex marriage, the elimination of
“Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell,” and more.
In response, the outgoing president put a brave face on—but
maybe too brave of a face.
“I don’t think it is something that will be reversible because
American society has changed; the attitudes of young people, in
particular, have changed,” Obama said.
He went on to predict that “there are still going to be some
battles that need to take place,” particularly around
transgender rights, but that pro-LGBT attitudes among “young
people of Malia [and] Sasha’s generation” would ultimately carry
the day.
It’s clear that Obama took the same approach to LGBT rights as a
good Boy Scout does to his campground: He left them in a better
state than he first found them. But how much has American
society really “changed” during his tenure?
At the press conference, the president referred to a
“transformation that’s taken place in our society” around LGBT
rights. But was it an irreversible “transformation” after all?
Not quite.
There’s plenty of evidence to suggest that anti-LGBT sentiment
will be an enduring feature of the American cultural and
political landscape. And there are no guarantees that the
progress the Obama administration has made cannot be turned back.
According to Gallup, just under 30 percent of Americans still
believe that same-sex sexual relationships—not even marriages,
mind you—should be illegal. Over a third oppose same-sex
marriage and 37 percent maintain that “gay or lesbian relations”
are “morally wrong.”
It will not be turned back for at least four years.

Trump was the first President elected who supported same-sex marriage
during the campaign.

Trump has no intention of reinstituting the ban on homosexuals in the
military.


Michael
Miloch
2020-01-29 18:11:53 UTC
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Post by Schumer Abortion Appointment
According to Gallup, just under 30 percent of Americans still
believe that same-sex sexual relationships—not even marriages,
mind you—should be illegal. Over a third oppose same-sex
marriage and 37 percent maintain that “gay or lesbian relations”
are “morally wrong.”
It will not be turned back for at least four years.
Trump was the first President elected who supported same-sex marriage
during the campaign.
Trump has no intention of reinstituting the ban on homosexuals in the
military.
Michael
President Trump’s Anti-LGBT Agenda Is Louder Than His Pride Message

https://www.thedailybeast.com/president-trumps-anti-lgbt-agenda-is-louder-than-his-pride-message

..."Trump’s attacks on LGBTQ rights from early in his presidency have been
documented, from his Twitter announcement in July of 2017 that he was banning
transgender people in the military to his Justice Department’s federal court
brief, filed at about that same time, defending discrimination against gay,
lesbian and bisexual people in employment.

But in the past several weeks the assault on LGBTQ rights has ramped up
aggressively. The president trumpeted the Department of Health and Human
Services’ (HHS) expansion of a so-called conscience rule allowing for health
care providers—including physicians, pharmacists, nurses, and teachers—to turn
away LGBTQ people and others based on religious grounds.

HHS’ Office of Civil Rights last week also proposed a new rule to strip
protections from discrimination in the Affordable Care Act which, at first,
seemed solely to affect transgender people—terrible enough—but upon further
scrutiny it became clear would allow discrimination against all LGBTQ people.

That followed a new rule by the Department of Housing and Urban Development
(HUD) ending protections in federally-funded homeless shelters for transgender
people.

The Trump administration will soon roll back an Obama administration ban on
discrimination against gay and lesbian couples among federally-funded adoption
and foster care agencies, according to a report in Axios.

The State Department also appears to be using challenges to birthright
citizenship of gay and lesbian parents’ children who were conceived and born,
sometimes with the help of egg donors and surrogates, in other countries—even
though one or both parents are U.S. citizens—as another way to diminish same-sex
marriage.

Trump judicial nominee Howard Nielson Jr., who as an attorney defended
California’s Proposition 8 (which banned same-sex marriage) by arguing that
homosexuality is a choice, was confirmed by the Republican-controlled Senate
last week as a district court judge in Utah.

Nielson is just one of a slew of federal judges with hostility to LGBTQ rights
Trump has appointed.

How could Trump convince political reporters to push the notion that he has, at
worst, a “mixed” record on LGBTQ rights and, at best, is pretty good compared to
other Republicans?

He succeeded in doing just that 2016, in part by simply using the term “LGBTQ”
in his speech at the Republican National Convention—something no Republican
candidate had ever done—claiming he’d protect “LGBTQ citizens.” His record now,
however, is quite clear.

Except Trump’s already showing us how he’s going to attempt to obscure it, with
tweets like the ones on Friday, which get breathless headlines from too many of
the media. And with interviews like the one he did two weeks ago, in which Trump
responded to a Fox News interviewer’s question about Democratic candidate Pete
Buttigieg’s same-sex marriage by saying, “I think it’s absolutely fine.”

He went on to agree with the interviewer that it’s a “sign of great progress,”
adding, “Yeah, I think it's great. I think that's something that perhaps some
people will have a problem with, I have no problem with it whatsoever.” His
interviewer, Steve Hilton, didn't raise Trump's opposition to marriage equality
and his appointment of judges hostile to LGBTQ rights.

Trump and his defenders, which include gay Republicans such as his ambassador to
Germany, Richard Grenell, are pointing to a supposed efforts to combat
homophobia worldwide right on cue.

Grenell earlier this year had in fact announced a “push” by the Trump
administration to fight the criminalization of homosexuality around the globe.

It was odd coming from an ambassador—located in another country—and the state
department in Washington hadn’t announced any specific plan. Even Trump seemed
unaware of this effort when asked about it by a reporter, responding, “I don't
know which report you're talking about.”

As the New York Times reported, fighting criminalization of LGBTQ people in
other countries, is, according to the State Department, “longstanding” policy
from the Obama years, and it was “unclear…whether the decriminalization effort
was, in fact, new.”

It would be nice if this were one pro-LGBTQ Obama initiative the Trump
administration has decided to continue—unlike the many it is rolling back—but it
hardly makes Trump a savior for LGBTQ people.

It does, however, allow Trump to attack Muslims in broad strokes. The context of
that 2016 RNC speech was that Trump would defend “LGBTQ citizens” from a
“hateful foreign ideology,” cynically using LGBTQ people’s safety as another
opportunity to engage in Islamophobia.

But it’s a hateful domestic ideology, promoted by Trump-supporting evangelical
Christians, who are the greatest threat to LGBTQ rights in the U.S. And Trump
has been recklessly following through on promises to them, systematically
stripping the rights of LGBTQ people.

This isn’t a mixed record. It’s brutal and abhorrent. And that is something
reporters must be clear about, no matter what Trump says on Twitter, or in a Fox
News interview, a campaign speech, or anywhere else.




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