Donald Trump makes anti-LGBT remarks as he hints possible presidential run in 2024, and LGBT activists in California demand more to fight against the monkeypox stigma.
Trump Makes Anti-LGBT Remarks as He Signals Possible Run in 2024
While alluding to a possible run for 2024’s presidential election, Donald Trump gave a speech denouncing LGBT equality at America’s First Policy Institute's first annual summit July 27.
During his speech in Washington D.C., Trump insinuated that revoking LGBT rights would prevent “sexualization of minor children,” according to LGBTQ Nation.
“The sickos who are pushing sexual content in kindergartens or providing puberty blockers to young children who have no idea what a puberty blocker is — neither do I, by the way, neither do most of the people in the audience as you smile,” Trump said during his speech.
Other anti-LGBT comments he made were about sports. Trump stated that trans women playing in women’s leagues are “just crazy,” while referring to trans women as men.
This could be the former president’s third run after failing to be reelected in 2020.
LGBT Activists are Combating Stereotyping Monkeypox
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The World Health Organization has declared monkeypox a global health emergency as it sweeps through the U.S. In California, LGBT activists and state leaders are demanding more to combat the virus.
“We are seeing sometimes misinformation; stigma plays out and leads to more transmission. I’ve heard cases of individuals who have probable monkeypox cases, people who have rashes that line up with monkeypox, but they’re not being tested for monkeypox because they’re not gay men,” said Alexis Sanchez, the director of advocacy and training at the Sacramento LGBT Community Center, to Spectrum News.
Based on statistics, 85% of Los Angeles monkeypox cases are from the LGBT community. California currently makes up 10% of cases in the U.S.
“Education plays a crucial role because it’s going to help protect people … It’s important to know what the pox rashes look like, because then you know if you turn up with these rashes, you can go to the doctor and seek medications so it’s not as painful not as challenging,” Sanchez said.