At least one incoming member of the Trump administration is receiving rave reviews from LGBT Americans.
Linda McMahon, former Chief Executive Officer of World Wrestling Entertainment, has been tapped by President-Elect Donald J. Trump to head the Small Business Administration. The 68-year-old McMahon is perhaps best known for her on screen appearances in WWE programming, often battling her husband Vince McMahon for control of the company.
The national chapter of Log Cabin Republicans, a gay conservative group, praised McMahon’s selection. In a series of tweets, Log Cabin Republicans called McMahon a “common-sense conservative LGBT ally” and noted the WWE had a gay-affirming non-discrimination policy during McMahon’s tenure.
Additionally, while campaigning for a U.S. Senate seat in Connecticut during the 2012 election cycle, McMahon publicly opposed a federal ban on same-sex marriages.
At SBA, McMahon will be charged with fulfilling the agency’s mission to “maintain and strengthen the nation’s economy by enabling the establishment and viability of small businesses and by assisting the economic recovery of communities after disasters.”
In 2012, the Small Business Administrator was elevated to a Cabinet level position by President Barack Obama. The agency was formed in 1953 and operates on the basic premise of “3 Cs” – capital, contracts and counseling.
At WWE, McMahon helped build a regional wrestling company into a powerful multinational corporation. There have been several openly gay WWE superstars, most recently Miami resident Darren Young (aka Fred Rosser) and wrestling legend Pat Patterson.