Donald Trump Elected
The election of Donald J. Trump to the
presidency sent panic through much of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and
transgender community, which for the first time in eight years will
face an administration hostile to its civil rights goals and a
president-elect who has expressed a desire to reverse many of its
The Human Rights Campaign — one of the
most prominent LGBT advocacy groups — responded quickly after the
results were announced. President Chad Griffin called the election a
“crucial moment for our nation and for the LGBTQ movement.”
The LGBT community called upon the
President-elect Donald Trump to rise above the often divisive
rhetoric of his campaign, while urging its members to stay vigilant
and fight for equal rights.
He pledged to “bind the wounds of division” in his victory speech,
though he’s been criticized for promising to elect conservative
justices to the Supreme Court — justices that could overturn
marriage equality and other LGBT civil rights.
In his home state of Indiana, Vice President-elect Mike Pence signed
numerous anti-gay legislation, including the Religious Freedom
Restoration Act in 2015, which allowed individuals and businesses to
deny service to LGBT people. In the 2000 election, Pence said money
raised by the Ryan White HIV/AIDS Program should go to organizations
“which provide assistance to those seeking to change their sexual
behavior.” So-called “conversion therapy” has been called
emotionally and physically harmful by many members of the LGBT
Is this the end of same-sex marriage? Many same-sex couples
worry that their marriages could be invalidated in Trump's America,
or that if things are getting serious they better hurry up and make
it official before their right to tie the knot disappears.
Neither the President nor Congress can take away what the Supreme
Court has deemed a "fundamental right," leaving current marriages
safe, multiple legal experts said. While Trump does not have the
right to unilaterally scrap marriage equality, he has the power to
appoint Supreme Court justices who could.
Jay Brown, a spokesman for the Human
Rights Campaign, said its office had received calls throughout the
day on Wednesday from frightened people who wanted to know what the
election results might mean for them. Some callers wondered if they
should speed up wedding plans so they could be married before the
inauguration, in case a President Trump tries to overturn gay
marriage, he said. Others worried that the military would reinstate
“don’t ask, don’t tell,” the ban on openly gay and lesbian service
members that ended in 2011. “This is a devastating loss for
our community,” Mr. Brown said. “It is something a lot of folks are
still trying to wrap their heads around.”
Variety: LGBT Groups React to Trump Victory
NBC News: Nationwide Anti-Trump Protests
Huff Post: Assault on LGBTQ Rights Already Underway
Trump's Choice of Health Secretary Harmful to LGBT People
Jeff Sessions' Record on LGBT Rights
CNN: What a Trump Presidency Could Mean for LGBT Americans
New York Times: Trump Victory Alarms LGBTQ Groups
Washington Blade: Anti-Gay Leaders Bask in Trump Victory
Huff Post: Attitude of Trump's Transition Team Regarding LGBTQ
Out: How Trump Presidency Could Affect LGBT Rights
Washington Blade: How Trump Could Undermine LGBT Rights
Important Message: How Can LGTQ People Protect Themselves?
Pink News: What President Trump Means for LGBTQ Rights
Message to Trump Voters From the Mother of a Gay Kid
Slate: Reacting With a Spirit of Tolerance and Solidarity
What's Next? LGBTQ Equality Under President Trump
Love Trumps Hate?
Here are some sample Twitter posts
expressing reaction to Donald Trump's presidency...
--My heart is broken. I fear the
progress we've made for women, LGBTQ folks, people of color, and
people with disabilities will soon be erased.
--The rights of women, gays, minorities are taken away for
generations to come. Ruled by white, old men.
--I thought we were moving forward. I thought maybe we would get one
step closer to equality. I was wrong.
--To be clear: our new Vice President thinks I need shock therapy to
stop being gay.
--Trump didn't win. Racism won. Sexism won. Hate won. Lack of
Here are some sample Twitter posts from celebrities...
"I'm taking tonight to grieve for minorities, women, immigrants,
muslims and the LGBTQ community but tomorrow I'm waking up ready to
-Jesse Tayler Ferguson
"The world will never be the same. I feel sad for the young."
"We stand together. We stick up for the vulnerable. We challenge
bigots. We don't let hate speech become normalised. We hold the
"A New Fire Is Lit. We Never Give Up. We Never Give In."
"Some didn't like Bush. Some didn't like Obama. But this is
different. Forget dislike. Many are genuinely fearful now. This is
"This is an embarrassing night for America. We've let a hatemonger
lead our great nation. We've let a bully set our course. I'm
"Five steps forward. Ten steps back."
"Do not sit still. Do not weep. MOVE. We are not a nation that will
let HATE lead us."
"Today I learned that activism and taking care of each other must be
an everyday thing, not just an election thing. I promise to do
"How do we explain this to future generations of women? And
"The whole world is different today."
"Now it is time to move forward and hope that our country can come
LGBT Groups React to Trump Win
Reacts to Trump Win
Warren's Reaction to Trump's Win
Anti-Gay Aggression Increases
After Trump Victory
Nasty notes and flag burnings
targeting members of the LGBT community are being reported in the
wake of Donald Trump’s victory on Tuesday night. Coupled with other
reported incidents where people have been targeted for their race,
ethnicity, or religion, the events have left many within the LGBT
community worried that Trump’s rise has emboldened bigoted people to
attack minority groups with impunity.
Police in Rochester, N.Y., are investigating two separate burnings
of gay pride flags that occurred on Election Day. One of the victims
whose flag was burned, Greg Ventura, believes the incident was a
“targeted hate crime” and attributes the crime to heated
disagreements stemming from the presidential election.
“It just made me disappointed,” Ventura told local news affiliate
WXXI. “I thought I lived in a very accepting area of Rochester and I
just couldn’t believe that this happened in the downtown region.”
Ventura also said that firemen pointed out that the burning flag
could have potentially led to his whole house catching fire. He has
no plans to replace the flag, but is considering installing security
cameras outside his house.
Other LGBT people report they have been the recipients of anonymous
notes expressing anti-gay animus in the wake of the election.
In West Virginia, a gay couple was awakened at 3 a.m. by a knock on
their door, followed by the sounds of people running away. When they
went outside, they found a handwritten note on their porch which
read: “Trump is our president now! Get out of our neighborhood now
In North Carolina, a lesbian couple received a similar note placed
on their car windshield reading: “Can’t wait until your ‘marriage’
is overturned by a real president. Gay families burn in hell. Trump
Huff Post: Countless Hateful Acts Carried Out Since Trump's Win
Weekly: Anti-Gay Aggression Increases After Trump Victory
Independent: Calls to LGBT Suicide Hot Lines Double After Trump Win
Huff Post: LGBTQ People Flood Crisis Hotlines
More Than 200 Reports of Hate-Based Harassment Since Election
is a Nightmare for LGBT People
Frightening Images in the Aftermath of Trump's Victory
LGBTQ Nation: Gay Friendly Indiana Church Vandalized
Important Message: How Can LGTQ People Protect Themselves?
Pink News: What President Trump Means for LGBTQ Rights
Message to Trump Voters From the Mother of a Gay Kid
Politics USA: Trump Win Emboldens Forces of Hate and Bigotry
LGBTQ Nation: Will Trump Administration Kill LGBTQ Rights?
Rachel Maddow: Mike Pence's Anti-Gay Policies
Guardian: LGBT Community Traumatized, Fear for Safety
NBC News: LGBT Community Fear Backlash After Trump Victory
Trump's Win Means for LGBT People
How to Show Support for LGBTQ People
Dear Queer America: Here is What We Must Do Now
SNL: Hilary Clinton Sings Hallelujah
Here’s Why We Grieve
John Pavlovitz, Pastor of North
Raleigh Community Church
I don’t think you understand us right
now. I think you think this is about politics. I think you believe
this is all just sour grapes; the crocodile tears of the losing
locker room with the scoreboard going against us at the buzzer.
I can only tell you that you’re wrong. This is not about losing an
election. This isn’t about not winning a contest. This is about two
very different ways of seeing the world.
Hillary supporters believe in a
diverse America; one where religion or skin color or sexual
orientation or place of birth aren’t liabilities or deficiencies or
moral defects. Her campaign was one of inclusion and connection and
interdependency. It was about building bridges and breaking
ceilings. It was about going high.
Trump supporters believe in a very
selective America; one that is largely white and straight and
Christian, and the voting verified this. Donald Trump has never made
any assertions otherwise. He ran a campaign of fear and exclusion
and isolation, and that’s the vision of the world those who voted
for him have endorsed.
They have aligned with the
wall-builder and the professed pussy-grabber, and they have
co-signed his body of work, regardless of the reasons they give for
Every horrible thing Donald Trump ever
said about women or Muslims or people of color has now been
validated. Every profanity-laced press conference and every
call to bully protestors and every ignorant diatribe has been
endorsed. Every piece of anti-LGBTQ legislation Mike Pence has
championed has been signed-off on. Half of our country has
declared these things acceptable, noble, American.
This is the disconnect and the source
of our grief today. It isn’t a political defeat that we’re
lamenting, it’s a defeat for Humanity. We’re not angry that
our candidate lost. We’re angry because our candidate’s losing means
this country will be less safe, less kind, and less available to a
huge segment of its population, and that’s just the truth.
Those who have always felt vulnerable
are now left more so. Those whose voices have been silenced will be
further quieted. Those who always felt marginalized will be pushed
further to the periphery. Those who feared they were seen as
inferior now have confirmation in actual percentages. Those
things have essentially been campaign promises of Donald Trump, and
so many of our fellow citizens have said this is what they want too.
This has never been about politics.
This is not about one candidate over
It’s not about one’s ideas over
It is not blue vs. red.
It’s not her emails vs. his bad
It’s not her dishonesty vs. his
It’s about overt racism and hostility
It’s about religion being weaponized.
It’s about crassness and vulgarity and
disregard for women.
It’s about a barricaded, militarized,
It’s about an unapologetic, open-faced
And it is not only that these things
have been ratified by our nation that grieve us; all this hatred,
fear, racism, bigotry, and intolerance, it’s knowing that these
things have been amen-ed by our neighbors, our families, our
friends, those we work with and worship alongside. That is the most
horrific thing of all. We now know how close this.
It feels like living in enemy
territory being here now, and there’s no way around that. We wake up
today in a home we no longer recognize. We are grieving the loss of
a place we used to love but no longer do. This may be America today
but it is not the America we believe in or recognize or want.
This is not about a difference of
political opinion, as that’s far too small to mourn over. It’s about
a fundamental difference in how we view the worth of all people, not
just those who look or talk or think or vote the way we do.
Grief always laments what might have
been, the future we were robbed of, the tomorrow that we won’t get
to see, and that is what we walk through today. As a nation we had
an opportunity to affirm the beauty of our diversity this day, to
choose ideas over sound bytes, to let everyone know they had a place
at the table, to be the beacon of goodness and decency we imagine
that we are, and we said no.
The Scriptures say that weeping
endures for a night but joy comes in the morning. We can’t see that
dawn coming any time soon. And this is why we grieve.
John Pavlovitz, Pastor, North Raleigh Community Church, November 9,
2016 Presidential Campaign
Ballotpedia: Hillary Clinton's Stand on LGBT Rights
Ballotpedia: Donald Trump's Stand on LGBT Rights
Washington Blade: Trump Makes Big Donation to Anti-Gay Church
LGBTQ Nation: NC Republican Supports Repeal of Anti-Gay Laws
Huffington Post: Polls Showing
Overwhelming Support for Clinton by LGBT People
On the Issues:
Candidates Stand on Civil Rights
Just for Fun
Competition: Donald vs. Hillary
VP Running Mates and LGBT
Tim Kaine (DEM): US senator
from Virginia, Tim Kaine, Hillary Clinton's running mate, formerly
the state’s governor, considered a moderate, was once only a
lukewarm supporter of LGBT causes and an outright opponent of
marriage equality. Kaine fought against a 2006 proposal to ban same
sex marriage in Virginia, and said he supported gay marriage in
2013, just after Clinton voiced her support. Like Clinton, Kaine
slowly evolved on the issue of same sex marriage. In 2001, when he
was running for lieutenant governor of Virginia, he told the
Associated Press, “I have never said I supported gay civil unions,
gay marriages. I do believe that people shouldn’t be kicked out of
their jobs or discriminated against because of who they are.” He did
say he supported some way to give same-sex couples in long-term
relationships access to certain benefits enjoyed by married
opposite-sex couples. But in 2006, as governor, he campaigned
against a measure to amend the state’s constitution to ban same-sex
marriage; it passed anyway. When running for governor in 2005, he
opposed adoption rights for gay couples or individuals, but by 2011,
running for Senate, he had changed his mind and said they should be
able to adopt if a judge determined that it was the best interest of
the child. As governor he issued an executive order banning antigay
discrimination against state employees. In 2013, his first year in
the Senate, he announced his support for marriage equality. So far
in his Senate service, he has received a 90 percent rating on the
Human Rights Campaign's Congressional Scorecard. Kaine is an
original co-sponsor of comprehensive LGBT non-discrimination
legislation known as the Equality Act. The senator also cast votes
in favor of the Employment Non-Discrimination Act and an amendment
along the lines of the Student Non-Discrimination Act. However, he
isn’t a co-sponsor of the Therapeutic Fraud Prevention Act, which
seeks to ban widely discredited “ex-gay” therapy nationwide by
classifying it as fraud.
Mike Pence (GOP): Indiana Gov.
Mike Pence, Donald Trump’s running mate, attracted notoriety when he
attempted to pass the Religious Freedom Restoration Act to allow
businesses to refuse to serve people based on religious beliefs, and
use this as a defense if they were sued. It was seen as an avenue to
discriminate against same-sex couples. Following outraged backlash,
the act was amended to clarify that it could not be used to
discriminate. He once fought against the military’s Don’t Ask
Don’t Tell policy on the grounds that gay people should not serve in
the military at all. “Homosexuality is incompatible with military
service because the presence of homosexuals in the ranks weakens
unit cohesion,” his 2000 platform read. He also called for Congress
to fund gay conversion therapy rather than HIV treatment programs.
In 2006, as head of the Republican Study Committee, a group of the
100 most-conservative House members, Pence rose in support of a
constitutional amendment that would have defined marriage as between
a man and a woman. Citing a Harvard researcher, Pence said in his
speech, “societal collapse was always brought about following an
advent of the deterioration of marriage and family.” Pence also
called being gay a choice and said keeping gays from marrying was
not discrimination, but an enforcement of “God’s idea.” The
Employment Non-Discrimination Act would have banned discrimination
against people based on sexual orientation. Pence voted against that
law in 2007 and later said the law “wages war on freedom and
religion in the workplace.” He opposed the repeal of Don’t
Ask, Don’t Tell. Pence favored the longtime military policy of
not letting soldiers openly identify as gay. In 2010, Pence told CNN
he did not want to see the military become “a backdrop for social
experimentation.” The policy ended in 2011. He rejected the Obama
administration directive on transgender bathrooms. In May, the
federal government directed school districts to allow students to
use the bathroom of the gender they identify with. The directive
came as criticism crescendoed around a North Carolina law that would
have restricted the use of bathrooms. Along with many other
conservatives, Pence opposed Obama’s directive and said it was a
state issue. “The federal government has not business getting
involved in issues of this nature,” Pence said.
Reuters: Trump's VP Pick Rankles Republican Gay Activists
LGBTQ Nation: Tim Kaine is Hillary's Running Mate
Washington Blade: Trump Picks VP Candidate With Long Anti-LGBT
Bustle: What is Kaine's Stance of LGBT Rights?
Time: What Mike Pence Has Said About LGBT Rights
Washington Blade: Clinton's VP Pick Reliable on LGBT Rights
HRC: Trump's Team Well Versed in Anti-LGBTQ Hate
Donald Trump Attends Anti-LGBT Summit in Orlando
Republican Presidential Candidate
Donald Trump is under fire from LGBT advocates for his and Florida
Sen. Marco Rubio’s decision to attend what they consider an anti-LGBT
event just miles from Pulse nightclub in Orlando, where a gunman
claimed the lives of 49 people at the reputedly gay venue in June.
Adding insult to injury, the gathering is set to take place on the
two-month anniversary of the shooting. “Just when you think
Donald Trump and Marco Rubio couldn’t go any lower, they announce
plans to court anti-LGBTQ activists in Orlando,” the Human Rights
Campaign, the country’s largest LGBT group, said in a statement.
Prominent gay activist Danielle Moodie-Mills, who’s done consulting
work for GLAAD, said, “This is a through and through anti-LGBT event
that they want to downplay. It should put everyone LGBT and straight
Jim Key, Chief Marketing Officer of the Los Angeles LGBT Center
stated that, “after his disingenuous flirtations with LGBT people at
the Republican National Convention, it will be fascinating to see
what Trump has to say about us in a room full of anti-LGBT
And Right Wing Watch, a group dedicated to monitoring and reporting
on the activities of right-wing political organizations, called the
event an “extremist Anti-LGBT Summit.”
The gathering, “Rediscovering God in America,” is being hosted on
August 11-12 by the Florida Renewal Project. The news of
Trump’s involvement comes just one week after LGBT activists slammed
Rubio for agreeing to be the event’s keynote speaker. Rubio recently
cited the Orlando shooting as the reason he reconsidered his
decision not to run for re-election to the Senate.
Trump has been flirting with religious conservatives on the campaign
trail, promising to repeal the Johnson Amendment, which prohibits
churches from using tax-exempt resources to promote political
David Lane, founder of the American Renewal Project, told news
sources that repealing the Johnson Amendment was “a good first
step,” adding he was eager to hear more from Trump about his
opposition to LGBT rights.
What concerns LGBT groups is the event’s roster of speakers, which
includes David Barton, a Republican Party activist who has said that
God is justly preventing a cure for HIV/AIDS because it is a divine
“penalty” for homosexuality; co-founder of Liberty Counsel Mat
Staver, who’s organization defended Kim Davis, the Kentucky county
clerk who gained notoriety last year after refusing to issue
marriage licenses to same-sex couples; Ken Graves, a Maine pastor
who believes gay people “seek to take over our land and make it
Sodom;” and Bill Federer, a religious conspiracy theorist, who said
gay rights are bringing about the “Islamist takeover of America.”
Rubio has defended his decision to appear at the Christian
conference, saying in a statement last week, ”Leave it to the media
and liberal activists to label a gathering of faith leaders as an
anti-LGBT event. It is nothing of the sort. It is a celebration of
faith.” But LGBT activists say that’s hogwash. “What this
summit shows is that that the hate against the LGBT community is
deep and these folks don’t want to just preach from the pulpit but
create policy to justify their prejudice,” Moodie-Mills said.
(From The Wrap)
Huffington Post: Trump is Seeking Anti-Gay Bigot Vote
Washington Blade: Activists Protest Trump and Rubio at Anti-LGBT
Miami Herald: Activists Condemn Trump and Rubio in Advance of Anti-LGBT
Orlando Sentinel: LGBT Activists Protest Trump and Rubio at
Advocate: Anti-Gay Evangelicals Descend on Orlando
Mother Jones: Trump Addresses Religious Conference Hosted by
LGBTQ Nation: Trump to Address
Washington Blade: Trump to Appear at Anti-LGBT Event
Metro Weekly: Trump Addresses Pastors at Anti-Gay Event in Orlando
Alternet: Trump Will Attend Anti-LGBT Summit in Orlando
Right Wing Watch: Trump to Address Extremist Anti-LGBT Summit in
The Wrap: Trump Blasated for Plans to Attend Extremist Anti-LGBT
The Hill: Trump and Rubio to Speak at Evangelical Meeting in Orlando
Esquire: Trump and Rubio to Attend Anti-Gay Conference in Orlando
HRC: Donald Trump Opposes Nationwide Marriage Equality
Clinton Pushes for LGBT Rights
NY Times: Trump's More Accepting Views on Gay Issues
Advocate: Hillary Clinton's Gay Campaign Ad
HRC Endorses Hillary Clinton for President
CNN: Donald Trump Says He is a Friend of the LGBT Community
Advocate: What Do LGBT Voters Owe Hillary?
Huffington Post: Is Donald Trump Really LGBT-Friendly?
CNN: Gays for Trump
Washington Post: Trump Has Different Way of Embracing Gay Rights
NPR: Five Takeaways From the DNC
Politico: Five Takeaways From the RNC
CNN: Ten Takeaways From the RNC
Vanity Fair: LGBT Themes at GOP Convention
All Things Clinton
LA Times: All
Diversity Comparison Between RNC and DNC
Week 1: RNC / Donald Trump
Were LGBTQ issues mentioned during the Republican National
Convention in Cleveland? Yes.
“As your president I will do
everything in my power to protect LGBTQ citizens,” Donald Trump said
during his 76-minute long speech. Donald Trump surprised the
Republican National Convention when he broke from party tradition on
Thursday to give a historic shout-out to the LGBT community.
Peter Thiel, the billionaire
co-founder of PayPal, became the first openly gay man to speak at
the Republican National Convention in 16 years, and the only gay
speaker at the Cleveland gathering. He declared to the RNC
that he is "proud to be gay," becoming the first speaker in the
party's history to do so from the stage of the Republican National
Peter Thiel encouraged the GOP to not
get distracted by culture wars, saluting Donald Trump for not
focusing on such things as he made history. "Every American
has a unique identity. I am proud to be gay," he said to applause,
including from the Trump family. "I am proud to be a Republican, but
most of all I am proud to be an American." He warned the party
against fighting on social issues and encouraged Republicans to let
transgender people use whichever bathroom they want to use.
"This is a distraction from our real problems. Who cares?"
This public embrace comes despite the
party’s official platform, which was one of its most regressive this
year in terms of LGBT rights. “I won’t pretend to agree with every
plank in our party’s platform,” Theil said toward the end of his
speech, acknowledging a platform that has been dubbed the most anti-LGBT
policy statement from a party that has never fully embraced gay
Three different RNC speakers spoke about LGBT equality in their
speeches. Lynne Patton, the vice president of the Eric Trump
Foundation, shocked delegates with three short words: “LGBTQ lives
matter.” Ted Cruz, who disappointed raised more than a few
eyebrows when he gave LGBT rights a shout, telling the audience,
“Freedom means religious freedom, whether you are Christian or Jew,
Muslim or atheist, gay or straight.” Newt Gingrich also
acknowledged gay and lesbians in his speech.
Additionally, Juliana Bergerom, a New
Hampshire delegate, said she was happy to have a gay person take the
stage at the Republican National Convention. "It shows that we're
all different -- and it shouldn't matter," she said.
“This week, the Republican party
hosted the most pro-LGBT convention in its history,” according to
the president of Log Cabin Republicans, Gregory T. Angelo.
The Wrap: Trump Gives Shout Out to LGBT Community
NBC News: LGBT Takeaways From RNC
CNN: Peter Thiel Speaks at Republic National Convention
Huff Post: Theil Doesn't Make Up for Anti-LGBT Mike Pence
Washington Blade: Trump Makes History
The Wrap: Peter Thiel Makes History at RNC
NBC News: Peter Thiel Comes Out at RNC
Vanity Fair: First Openly Gay Speaker at RNC
Philadelphia: LGBT Community Reacts to Trump's Speech
Week 2: DNC /Hillary Clinton
Were LGBTQ issues mentioned during the
Convention in Philadelphia? Yes.
Gay rights — and the Republican
Party's complicated relationship with the issue — played a
prominent role at the Democratic National Convention, with Donald
Trump's stated embrace of the "LGBTQ community" still lingering in
At the Democratic National Convention, it was announced that there
were 516 delegates who’ve self-identified as LGBT which includes a
record-breaking 28 transgender delegates. That’s 11.5 percent of all
Included in the line-up of speakers at
the DNC was openly lesbian Dallas County Sheriff Lupe Valdez (who
mentioned her girlfriend in her remarks), openly lesbian Sen. Tammy
Baldwin, Co-Chair of LGBT Caucus Rep. Sean Patrick Maloney, Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin, and the
mother of a gay man killed in the Orlando nightclub shooting.
Twin brothers, Jason and Jarron
Collins, addressed the DNC. Jason became the first openly gay male
athlete playing in an American professional sport.
Transgender activist, Sarah McBride,
made history at the DNC by being the first trans person to address a
national mpolitical convention.
North Carolina Reverend William Barber
brought down the house with his radically inclusive ministry,
speaking about welcoming all, including LGBT.
In addition to the many openly LGBT
speakers, many of the speeches included references to LGBT rights,
concerns and issues. References to "Stonewall" alongside other
civil rights icons occurred numerous times. The convention included an all-gender
The Democratic platform this year is the most progressive in LGBT
history, promoting absolute full equality under the law.
HRC: DNC Convention Highlights
Slate: LGBT Speakers at DNC
Roll Call: Wider Embrace of LGBT Rights Expected at DNC
ABC Philadelphia: LGBT Community Beaming with Pride
Washington Blade: DNC Names Director of LGBT Engagement
MS NBC: Record Number of LGBT Delegates at DNC
NBC: Trans Activist Makes History at DNC
Huffington Post: Barney Frank Discusses Donald Trump
LGBT Weekly: LGBT Photo Highlights from DNC
Windy City Times: LGBT Highlights From DNC
Pitches Really Big Tent
Mashable: Trans Activist Sarah McBride Makes History at DNC
25 Congressional Democrats Send Message of Support to LGBT People
Thanks to Loretta Lynch We're About to Be Normal
Donald Trump Message to Bullying Victims: Get Over It
Victory Fund: LGBT
Gay Dad's Open Letter to Donald Trump
Donald Trump and LGBT Issues
Presidential Candidate's Views on LGBT Rights
Twenty years ago, when Republican
politicians uttered a word about the LGBT community, it was usually
“sodomy.” Democrats were hardly more evolved—after all, it was Bill
Clinton who silenced military gays with Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and
locked out same-sex marriage with the Defense of Marriage Act. How
times have changed.
This election year, LGBT rights are
among the main issues driving the electorate toward or away from the
leading presidential candidates in both parties. Whether it’s to
show support or to denounce recent changes, like the Supreme Court’s
same-sex marriage decision, every candidate is expected to address
LGBT rights at length. For the first time in U.S. history,
entire campaigns can be sidetracked by a few comments about the
equality of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans.
LGBT citizens have gained more political footing and legal equality
in the past 10 years than possibly in the history of human
existence. While that means a renewed sense of fight for
many candidates on the right, it also means they have to choose
words carefully. Republicans are saying things about LGBT rights
these days that sound more polite than ever before, but that also
carry the potential to erode those rights when read between the
Similarly, the Democrats are making more promises than ever before,
and shooting campaign videos that feature LGBT couples for the first
time. But do they really mean it?
No acting president ever mentioned the LGBT community in an
inaugural address before President Barack Obama did so in 2013—and
then only in his second term, considered a kind of political
safe-zone, where a president can really let loose. In 2015, he
became the first U.S. President to ever pose for a gay magazine. But
even Obama opposed marriage equality early in his career, saying in
his 2004 Senate race that “marriage is something sanctified between
a man and a woman.”
The point is, the nation is quickly playing catch-up on LGBT rights
after decades of oppression and invisibility. LGBT citizens have
gained more political footing and legal equality in the past 10
years than possibly in the history of human existence. In order to
cast a fully informed vote in the 2016 presidential race, it’s
imperative that you understand where each candidate stands on the
(From Daily Dot)
Ballotpedia: Presidential Candidates on Gay Rights
Anti-LGBT Remarks and Actions From Presidential Candidates
Mag: Where Do Presidential Candidates Stand on LGBT Issues?
Esquire Mag: Where Do the Candidates Stand on Same Sex Marriage and
Candidates' Records on LGBT Equality
Daily Dot: Voter's Guide to 2016 Presidential Candidate's Views on
2016 Presidential Elections and LGBT Issues
Ben Carson's Comments on Trans People
Marco Rubio: Ignore Supreme Court Ruling
on Gay Marriage and Follow God's Rules
LGBT Political News
List of Openly Gay US Politicians
Tammy Baldwin: First Openly Gay Person Elected to US Senate
Obama Re-Elected on
"I believe we can keep the promise
of our founders, the idea that if you’re willing to work hard, it
doesn’t matter who you are or where you come from or what you look
like or who you love. It doesn’t matter whether you’re black or
white or Hispanic or Asian or Native American or young or old or
rich or poor, able, disabled, gay or straight, you can make it here
in America if you’re willing to try."
The Presidential Election is
over, the votes have been counted, and the
results are in. President Barack Obama
was re-elected for a second term of office.
Governor Mitt Romney was defeated after a
very contentious and polarizing campaign
during which a sharp contrast was drawn
between pro-LGBT and anti-LGBT platforms.
Obama received 303 electoral votes.
Romney received 206 electoral votes.
victory comes a victory for the LGBT
community. Two more states (Maine and
Maryland) have been added to the list of
states legalizing gay marriage.
Obama's LGBT-friendly platform supports LGBT
rights and same-sex marriage.
Oh, and a lesbian couple got engaged at an Obama
election night celebration party n Maryland.
aftermath of the election, there is much
room for optimism.
Merchant, ALGBTICAL President, stated:
"This is almost the best morning ever for enthusiasm
and hope for equality! Second only to
marrying my wife!"
ALGBTICAL Co-Founder, said: "I didn’t
think I would be as optimistic as I am this
morning. What a great morning for Equality!
A President who is on record supporting
marriage equality, our first LGBT member of
the US Senate, other allies elected to the
Senate. More LGBT members in the House. Then two states vote for
marriage equality and two other races yet to
be decided. Add to that, as far as I
know this hasn’t happened before, a state
that all major elected positions are held by
women. New Hampshire now has a woman
holding each US Senate seat, each seat in
the House, and a woman Governor. Times
they are a changing."
ALGBTICAL Past President, said: "I'm just
giddy with excitement!"
Elliott, ALGBTICAL Co-Founder, added some
"At the same time, we did experience some
losses by allies here in Alabama. The defeat
of Robert Vance by Roy Moore is very
troubling to me. Also, Lucy Baxley was a
quiet ally. On the local level, we lost a
ally in Judge Brian Huff, from Birmingham Family
Court. This fall he agreed to the
establishment of a nondiscrimination policy
inclusive of sexual orientation and gender
identity and expression for all Family Court
workers as well as youth served by the
Court. He followed up the policy by allowing
and promoting a training in October for
Family Court workers on issues for LGBTQ
youth. He had hoped to promote similar
training in the Family Court system
statewide. So, we do still have much work
to do here in Alabama!"
Delighted About LGBT Wins
Obama Victory Speech: The Best is Yet to
Transcript of Victory Speech
Politico: 2012 Presidential Election Results
Gay Marriage Victories in Maine and Maryland
Slate: How Gay Marriage Won at the Polls
Lesbian Couple Gets Engaged at Obama
Election Night Celebration
LGBT Celebrities Sound Off
Tammy Baldwin: First Openly Gay Senator
Radical Right, Obama Victory Brings Fury and
Tammy Baldwin Wins in US Senate
Rep. Tammy Baldwin (D)
former Governor Tommy Thompson (R) to represent
Wisconsin in the US Senate. Baldwin is the first openly
gay US Senator and the first female Senator to represent
Baldwin's win keeps
the Senate seat long
held by retiring
Sen. Herb Kohl in
ends a bitter race
that pitted two
Thompson, a former
contender, was well
known in the state
and nationally. And
Baldwin served three
terms in the
In her victory
speech in Wisconsin,
that she makes
history as both
female senator and
the country's first
openly gay senator.
"Now, I am well
aware that I will
have the honor of
first woman senator.
And I am well aware
that I will be the
first openly gay
said to loud cheers
and chants of
"Tammy, Tammy!" from
her supporters. "But
I didn't run to make
history. I ran to
make a difference."
said she believes
that she and tea
can find common
ground to help the
state despite being
on opposite ends of
Baldwin Reflects on Victory
Wisconsin Elects First Openly Gay Senator
Baldwin Wins Wisconsin Senate Race
Baldwin Wins Wisconsin, Becomes First Openly
Tammy Baldwin and Krysten Sinema
Party Matters: Fight for LGBT
Commentary From Rep. Barney Frank
The 2012 US
Presidential Election is just around the
corner. Just in time for election day,
in a recent commentary featured in the
Huffington Post, US Representative Barney
Frank made the following statement:
standpoint of legal equality for lesbian,
gay, bisexual and transgender people, the
upcoming elections will be the most
important in our history. In decades, there
has not been a sharper distinction between
the two parties on any issue than there is
today on LGBT legal equality. President
Obama, the Democratic platform and the
overwhelming majority of Democrats in
Congress support abolishing the restriction
on federal recognition of same-sex marriages
in states that recognize them and support an
LGBT employment nondiscrimination act.
Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney,
the Republican platform and more than 90
percent of congressional Republicans
strongly oppose them. If you care
strongly about LGBT issues, the case for
voting Democratic is very clear. The
facts are clear: There is simply no logical
basis whatsoever for arguing that voting for
Republicans this year is a good way to
advance LGBT legal equality."
Huffington Post: Party Matters in the Fight for LGBT Equality
LGBT Issues in Spotlight at
As the two major American political
parties wrap up their individual conventions, voters are left with a
lot to consider regarding the two presidential candidates. The
Republican National Convention, held in Tampa, nominated Mitt
Romney, while the Democratic National Convention, held in Charlotte,
backed President Barack Obama for another term.
Both conventions played host to a lot of
rhetoric and gave voters much to mull over. For citizens
listening closely, this time around, for clues that reveal the
candidates' platform on critical issues related to LGBT concerns,
there was a sharp contrast. LGBT concerns, including support
for marriage equality and LGBT persons serving in the military, were
repeatedly expressed in speech after speech during the DNC. Meanwhile, during the RNC, not a word was uttered about LGBT persons
except to reiterate their support of "traditional" marriage.
More precisely, Democrats chose
specific vocabulary when discussing LGBT issues at the convention.
Instead of using the term “sexual orientation,” it was about “who you
love.” This election featured the DNC's first-ever plank
endorsing same-sex marriage. More than a
dozen speakers mentioned LGBT equality on
the first two nights of the Democratic
convention. Openly gay speakers got
primetime billing. A record-setting 8
percent of delegates are LGBT. The party’s
unprecedented embrace of gay equality comes
a week after Joe Biden thanked gay
rights advocates in Provincetown for
“freeing the soul of the American people.”
The gay rights movement, said the vice
president, was advancing the “civil rights
of every straight American.” For gay
people’s “courage,” he said, “We owe you.”
For the first
time ever, Democrats at their most public,
high-profile moment are treating gay rights
as a political winner. And they’re moving along
with public opinion. In the latest Harris
Interactive poll, 52 percent of likely
voters favored same-sex marriage, including
70 percent of Democrats and 55 percent of
independents. LGBT speakers and issues were in the
spotlight at the DNC. Zack Wahl's spoke about being raised by
two mothers. Army Captain Jason Crow commended Obama for
ending Don't Ask Don't Tell. Lesbian Latina law student
Alejandra Salinas spoke in support of Obama. And two very high-profile openly gay public officials... Reps. Barney
Frank (D-Mass)... and Tammy Baldwin (D-Wis)... also took to the
First Lady Michelle
Obama notably put gay marriage in a
particularly august civil-rights
pantheon as part of a crescendo late in
her speech: “If a young
preacher could lift us to the mountain
top with his righteous dream, and if
proud Americans can be who they are and
boldly stand at the altar with who they
love, then surely, surely, we can give
everyone in this country a fair chance
at that great American dream.”
particularly notable, given the fear that
gripped Democrats over this issue in
2004 and the reticence with which they
approached it in 2008, Rahm Emanuel even
auditioned marriage as a wedge issue: “Whose
leadership, whose judgment, whose values
do you want in the White House when that
crisis lands like a thud on the Oval
Office desk? … A person who wanted to
keep don't ask, don't tell or a
president who believes that who you love
should not keep you from serving the
country you love?”
Washington Blade: LGBT Speakers and Issues at DNC
San Diego LGBT News: Openly Gay Calif Assemblyman at DNC
Washington Post: Convention Speakers Worth Hearing
Huffington Post: Zack Wahls Speaking at DNC
Washington Blade: LGBT Delegates at DNC
Slate: DNC Talking About LGBT Issues
Daily Beast: Why Dems Backed LGBT PLatform
Issues at DNC
CBS News: Gay Rights in the Spotlight at DNC
Internatl Bus Times: Dems Embrace Gay Equality Like Never Before
Slate: Gay is Good for America
First Openly Lesbian Congress
dream of a world in which you can put your partner's picture on
your desk, then put her picture on your desk...and you will live
in such a world. And if you dream of a world in which you
can walk down the street holding your partner's hand, then hold
her hands...and you will live in such a world. If you
dream of a world in which there are more openly gay elected
officials, then run for office...and you will live in such
a world. And if you dream of a world in which you can take your
partner to the office party, even if your office is the US House
of Representatives, then take her to the party. I do, and now I
live in such a world. Remember, there are two things that keep
us oppressed --- them and us. We are half of the equation."
State Rep. Tammy Baldwin has made
history by becoming the first openly gay first-time candidate ever
elected to Congress, winning Wisconsin's 2nd congressional district seat
over Josephine Musser. While four openly gay men have served in
the House, all disclosed their sexual orientation after first being
elected to their posts. Baldwin also becomes the first lesbian to win a
House election. The 2nd district seat was vacated by
moderate Republican Scott Klug. He successfully held onto this
Democratic-leaning district, which includes Madison, for four terms by
veering from his party's orthodoxy and working hard.
His retirement was expected to hand this
seat to the Democrats, but that was thrown into some doubt as Baldwin's
liberal politics and sexual orientation were expected to be a hard sell
in conservative rural and suburban areas of the district. A GOP primary that drew six hopefuls was
won by state insurance commissioner Musser, a moderate who has Klug-like
appeal. On the campaign trail, Baldwin tried to
focus the spotlight on the issues rather than her sexual orientation.
She stuck with traditional Democratic themes such as universal health
coverage. Musser portrayed her opponent as a single
issue candidate. But Baldwin denied the charge, pointing to her work on
prisons, health and campaign finance reform issues. A former nurse and health care consultant,
Musser also spoke about health care reform. Like her Democratic
challenger, she is pro-choice.
Musser diverged dramatically with the more conservative side of her
party on several key issues: She said she supports a ban on some types
of late-term abortions only if there are exceptions for the life and
health of the mother; she opposes a constitutional amendment barring
flag desecration; and she would not support legislation to ban gay
marriage. The Republican candidate was known during
the campaign as being blunt and a self-described "difficult person to
manage," having gone through four campaign managers over the course of
The race for Wisconsin's 2nd congressional district was one of the few
match-ups this year between two women.
CNN: Baldwin Becomes First Openly Lesbian House Member
About: Out Lesbian Congress Woman
Tammy Baldwin: US House of Representatives
Tammy Baldwin for Congress
Wikipedia: Tammy Baldwin
Obama's Support of LGBT Community
"While we have come a long way since the Stonewall riots
in 1969, we still have a lot of work to do. Too often, the issue of LGBT
rights is exploited by those seeking to divide us. But at its core, this
issue is about who we are as Americans. It's about whether this nation
is going to live up to its founding promise of equality by treating all
its citizens with dignity and respect."
Obama, June 1, 2007
Here is an overview of President Obama's agenda regarding gay and
lesbian rights, as stated on the official White House website:
Expand Hate Crimes Statutes:
In 2004, crimes against LGBT Americans constituted the third-highest
category of hate crime reported and made up more than 15 percent of such
crimes. President Obama cosponsored legislation that would expand
federal jurisdiction to include violent hate crimes perpetrated because
of race, color, religion, national origin, sexual orientation, gender
identity, or physical disability. As a state senator, President Obama
passed tough legislation that made hate crimes and conspiracy to commit
them against the law.
Fight Workplace Discrimination:
President Obama supports the Employment Non-Discrimination Act, and
believes that our anti-discrimination employment laws should be expanded
to include sexual orientation and gender identity. While an increasing
number of employers have extended benefits to their employees' domestic
partners, discrimination based on sexual orientation in the workplace
occurs with no federal legal remedy. The President also sponsored
legislation in the Illinois State Senate that would ban employment
discrimination on the basis of sexual orientation.
Support Full Civil Unions and Federal Rights for LGBT Couples:
President Obama supports full civil unions that give same-sex couples
legal rights and privileges equal to those of married couples. Obama
also believes we need to repeal the Defense of Marriage Act and enact
legislation that would ensure that the 1,100+ federal legal rights and
benefits currently provided on the basis of marital status are extended
to same-sex couples in civil unions and other legally-recognized unions.
These rights and benefits include the right to assist a loved one in
times of emergency, the right to equal health insurance and other
employment benefits, and property rights.
Oppose a Constitutional Ban on Same-Sex Marriage:
President Obama voted against the Federal Marriage Amendment in 2006
which would have defined marriage as between a man and a woman and
prevented judicial extension of marriage-like rights to same-sex or
other unmarried couples.
Repeal Don't Ask-Don't Tell:
President Obama agrees with former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff
John Shalikashvili and other military experts that we need to repeal the
"don't ask, don't tell" policy. The key test for military service should
be patriotism, a sense of duty, and a willingness to serve.
Discrimination should be prohibited. The U.S. government has spent
millions of dollars replacing troops kicked out of the military because
of their sexual orientation. Additionally, more than 300 language
experts have been fired under this policy, including more than 50 who
are fluent in Arabic. The President will work with military leaders to
repeal the current policy and ensure it helps accomplish our national
Expand Adoption Rights:
President Obama believes that we must ensure adoption rights for all
couples and individuals, regardless of their sexual orientation. He
thinks that a child will benefit from a healthy and loving home, whether
the parents are gay or not.
Promote AIDS Prevention:
In the first year of his presidency, President Obama will develop and
begin to implement a comprehensive national HIV/AIDS strategy that
includes all federal agencies. The strategy will be designed to reduce
HIV infections, increase access to care and reduce HIV-related health
disparities. The President will support common sense approaches
including age-appropriate sex education that includes information about
contraception, combating infection within our prison population through
education and contraception, and distributing contraceptives through our
public health system. The President also supports lifting the federal
ban on needle exchange, which could dramatically reduce rates of
infection among drug users. President Obama has also been willing to
confront the stigma -- too often tied to homophobia -- that continues to
Empower Women to Prevent HIV/AIDS:
In the United States, the percentage of women diagnosed with AIDS has
quadrupled over the last 20 years. Today, women account for more than
one quarter of all new HIV/AIDS diagnoses. President Obama introduced
the Microbicide Development Act, which will accelerate the development
of products that empower women in the battle against AIDS. Microbicides
are a class of products currently under development that women apply
topically to prevent transmission of HIV and other infections.
Official White House Website
Message From President Barack Obama About Bullying: It Gets Better
Hate Talk From Oklahoma Lawmaker
honestly think it's the biggest threat our nation has, even more
so than terrorism or Islam."
KERN, Oklahoma State Representative
Message From Joe Solmonese, HRC President:
That's from an Oklahoma lawmaker's speech about gay people. You heard
right. A secret recording has just emerged of State Rep. Sally Kern
speaking to a Republican group in January, where she equates both sexual
orientation and religion with terrorism.
She thought no one was listening. Now hundreds of thousands are.
And despite her refusal to apologize, we won't let her get away with
Click here for the HRC Report and to
hear the actually recording
Tell Oklahoma's governor and top legislators to
publicly denounce Kern's remarks.
This recording, first
released in a video by the Gay and Lesbian Victory Fund, is all the more
troubling given the recent spate of hate violence
against gay and transgender youth.
Last month in California, a 15-year-old boy, Lawrence King, who suffered
taunting and bullying by his classmates because of his sexual
orientation, was killed by one of those classmates – a 14-year-old boy.
The week after Lawrence King's death saw the murder of another teen,
this time a 17-year-old transgender youth in Fort Lauderdale, Florida.
Words matter. Especially words from elected officials. Rep.
Kern's private feelings towards homosexuality and Islam are one thing.
But public statements that encourage disrespect or violence towards
those with whom she disagrees are completely unacceptable.
Here are a few more completely unfounded claims from her speech: "The homosexual agenda is
destroying this nation." "No society that has
totally embraced homosexuality has lasted for more than, you know, a
few decades." "What's happening now is
they're going after, in schools, two-year-olds."
(From Joe Solmonese / HRC President)
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Patricia Todd: Lesbian Lawmaker
It’s official that Patricia Todd will
serve as the first openly gay legislator in the State of Alabama.
On July 18, 2006 Patricia Todd won the Democratic primary election runoff,
beating out Gaynell Hendricks to replace retiring Rep. George Perdue for
House District 54. Since there is no Republican challenger for the
seat, Todd is the apparent winner.
Patricia Todd will be the
first openly gay state legislator in Alabama in obtaining a state House
seat representing parts of Birmingham.
The district includes part
of downtown Birmingham and all or part of the city's East Thomas,
Fountain Heights, Druid Hills, Forest Park and Crestwood neighborhoods.
It also includes part of Irondale.
In the June 6 primary election, Alabama voters overwhelmingly approved a
state constitutional amendment banning gay marriage. Ironically,
on the same day Patricia Todd came one step closer to becoming the first
openly gay member of the Alabama Legislature.
The massive vote for the anti-gay marriage amendment did not make her
victory bittersweet, she said. "We knew the marriage amendment was going
to pass overwhelmingly. It was not surprising. It was just a matter of
how big the margin was going to be," Todd said.
Todd was upbeat on her chances for victory in the runoff, noting that
she has been endorsed by two of her primary competitors. She also
theorized that some gay voters in her Birmingham-based district crossed
over to vote in the Republican primary to help defeat Roy Moore's bid
for the GOP gubernatorial nomination.
Moore, an outspoken gay rights opponent ousted as Alabama's chief
justice for refusing to remove a monument of the Ten Commandments, was
easily defeated by incumbent Gov. Bob Riley, receiving only 33 percent
of the vote.
Todd was endorsed by the national Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund, likely the
most significant involvement from national gay rights groups in the
Including Alabama, 17 states now ban gay marriage in their
constitutions. Passage of Alabama's amendment will "enshrine a firewall
of protection of the definition of marriage" in Alabama's constitution,
said John Giles, president of the Christian Coalition of Alabama. Giles'
group spent $15,000 to print and distribute literature supporting the
ban on gay marriage. One brochure claimed that allowing gay couples to
marry would cause "the health care system to stagger and collapse," and
called for Alabama voters to set an example for voters elsewhere because
"other states and nations are watching our march toward homosexual
marriage and will follow our lead."
Patricia Todd Becomes First
Openly Gay Official in Alabama History
Patricia Todd made
history when voters in Alabama’s 54th legislative district voted to
send the Democrat to the State House, marking the first time ever
that legislature will include an openly gay Representative. The Gay
& Lesbian Victory Fund, the nation’s largest gay and lesbian
political action committee, endorsed Todd and helped raise tens of
thousands of dollars from its national network of donors to help
fund her campaign. Todd has no Republican opponent in the general
election in November.
“The road to equality in Alabama is a mile shorter today,” said
Chuck Wolfe, president and CEO of the Victory Fund. “Gays and
lesbians in Alabama will now have what all Americans deserve--a
voice and a vote. Alabama knows well what a single voice can
accomplish. We applaud Patricia’s courage in stepping up to be
heard,” Wolfe said.
In other elections, Victory-endorsed candidate Rep. Karla Drenner
won her Democratic primary to advance to the general election in
November. Drenner is Georgia’s only openly gay state legislator.
Allen Thornell, a Victory endorsee who is seeking election to the
Georgia state House, advanced to a runoff in his Democratic primary
“Karla‘s voice in the
Georgia legislature is vitally important. We’re working hard both
to make sure she stays there and to help elect Allen Thornell to
join her,” Wolfe said. Thornell would be the first openly gay man
in the Georgia legislature.
The Gay & Lesbian Victory Fund provides strategic, technical and
financial support to openly LGBT candidates and officials. It’s the
only national organization solely committed to increasing the number
of openly LGBT public officials at federal, state and local levels
of government. Victory is the nation’s largest LGBT political
action committee and one of the nation’s largest non-connected
PACs. In 14 years, Victory has helped the number of openly LGBT
officials grow from 49 to more than 350.
Massachusetts / US Houser of Representatives (Democrat)
/ First US Congressman to come out freely and win
Rep. Jim Kolbe /
Arizona / US House of
Rep. Tammy Baldwin / Wisconsin / US Senate, US House of Representatives (Democrat)
/ First openly gay US Senator, First lesbian elected to Congress
Gov. James McGreevey / New Jersey / Governor
Mayor Ron Oden /
Palm Springs CA / Mayor / First openly gay African-American Mayor popularly
elected in US
Mayor Neil Guillano / Tempe, AZ / Mayor
Rep. Patricia Todd / Birmingham, AL / State Representative
Rep. Nicole LeFavour /
Idaho / State Representative / First openly gay official in Idaho
Commissioner Sam Adams /
Portland OR / City Commissioner / First openly gay Commissioner in Portland
Sheriff Lupe Valdez
Dallas TX / Sheriff
/ First Latina lesbian sheriff in US
Councilmember David Catania /
Washington DC / City Council / First openly gay Republican Councilman in nation's
Anise Parker / Houston, TX / Mayor
Sam Adams / Portland, Oregon / Mayor
Association for Lesbian
Gay Bisexual & Transgender Issues in Counseling of Alabama