Donald Trump

  • Trump Protest Group Founder Says Group Will Pressure Democrats, Not Just GOP

    President Donald Trump’s motorcade on Sunday drove past more than a hundred protesters in West Palm Beach for the fifth time since he took office.

  • Trump Receives Mattis Recommendation on Trans Military Service

    (WB) Defense Secretary James Mattis delivered his recommendation to President Trump on transgender military service in compliance with a directive to the Pentagon earlier this year, officials have told the Washington Blade.

  • Trump Religious Objection Order Upends LGBT Protections

    (AP) In an order that undercuts federal protections for LGBT people, Attorney General Jeff Sessions issued a sweeping directive to agencies Friday to do as much as possible to accommodate those who claim their religious freedoms are being violated.

  • Trump Scraps Tradition, Declines to Issue Pride Proclamation

    (WB) President Trump has declined to issue at the start of June a proclamation designating the month as a time for celebration of Pride, breaking with a tradition started under the Obama administration.

  • Trump Slams Trans Military Service as 'Political Correctness'

    Slamming changes made to foster LGBT inclusion in the U.S. military during the Obama administration, Donald Trump pledged Monday to "get away from political correctness" when asked about openly transgender military service and women serving in combat roles.

  • Trump Sparks Concern, Suspicion Among LGBT Russians

    (WB) Donald Trump’s praise of Russian President Vladimir Putin has sparked concern and suspicion among LGBT Russians and their allies.

  • Trump Speaks At Anti-LGBT Hate Group Event

    President Trump spoke to an anti-LGBT hate group today. His message: you will not be silenced any longer.

  • Trump Takes Oath; Becomes 45th U.S. President

    Promising to put Americans first and hold politicians accountable, Donald J. Trump was sworn in Friday morning as the 45th President of the United States of America.

  • Trump to Speak at Hate Group Gathering Today

    Family Research Council President Tony Perkins has confirmed Donald Trump's scheduled address to the Values Voters Summit in Washington, DC Oct. 13.

  • Trump Tried to #AskTheGays and Got Mocked on Social Media

    Donald Trump told his supporters to "ask the gays" if he was an LGBT-friendly candidate during a speech at the Fox Theatre in Atlanta this Wednesday -- and Twitter blew up.

  • Trump's Attorney General Once Fought to Keep an LGBT Conference from Meeting on Public Campus

    (CNN) Sen. Jeff Sessions, Donald Trump's pick to be United States attorney general, launched a public campaign as Alabama attorney general in 1996 to prevent a gay rights group from holding a conference at the University of Alabama, according to a KFile review of contemporaneous press accounts and legal filings.

  • Trump's Boasts 'Re-Traumatizing' for Oregon Governor

    (WB) Donald Trump's recently unearthed 2005 remarks bragging about sexual assault were "re-traumatizing" for Oregon Gov. Kate Brown, who's a survivor of domestic violence.

  • Trump's Maternity Leave Policy Snubs LGBT Community

    Trump discussing maternity leave policies? It sounds good in theory, but the reality is it's an insult to women, men and children in the U.S.

  • Trump's New Faith Initiative Raises Concerns Among LGBT Advocates

    (WB) President Trump’s new initiative to support faith-based organizations with federal assistance is stirring unease among LGBT rights supporters, who say they’ll keep watch to ensure the program doesn’t enable anti-LGBT discrimination.

  • Trump's Pardon Dinesh D'Souza has Anti-LGBT, Racist History

    (WB) President Trump faced criticism Thursday for pardoning conservative commentator Dinesh D’Souza, granting clemency to someone with a history of anti-LGBT and racist comments.

  • Trump’s Campaign Chief Claimed Women’s College Grads Are a “Bunch of Dykes”

    For his newest campaign chief, Republican Presidential Nominee Donald Trump picked someone who referred to women’s college graduates as a “bunch of dykes.”

  • Trump’s Johnson Amendment Promise Turns Out to be “Fake News,” Says ACLU

    During a May 4 ceremony at the White House on the National Day of Prayer, President Donald Trump signed the Presidential Executive Order Promoting Free Speech and Religious Liberty.

  • Trump’s New AG Once Targeted Gay Man In Iowa

    (CNN) When Iowa state Sen. Matt McCoy learned Donald Trump had appointed Matthew Whitaker to be acting attorney general of the United States, he was aghast -- he believes Whitaker was behind a politically motivated prosecution that was personally "devastating" to him.

    It started in 2007, when McCoy was a rising Democrat in state politics, and the state's first openly gay lawmaker. Whitaker was the U.S. attorney for Iowa's Southern District at the time.

    A grand jury indictment accused McCoy of using his elected office to try to extort $2,000 from a Des Moines home security company where McCoy was a consultant. The charges came after an elaborate undercover investigation in which the FBI had McCoy's business partner wear a recording device. McCoy demanded money he says he was owed for his consulting work.

    In an interview with CNN this week, McCoy said Whitaker "certainly tried to prove that I had done something really awful when, in fact, it was a garden variety business dispute that should have been handled in small claims court, if anywhere."

    The trial lasted more than a week, with prosecutors trying to prove the business partner never agreed to pay McCoy for his consulting and the defense torpedoing the partner's testimony because he couldn't recall many details and admitted he had trouble with sobriety, according to Des Moines Register articles on the trial.

    In the end, the jury reached a not guilty verdict in an hour and a half, including time for lunch, according to the Des Moines Register.

    "I believe it was a political prosecution, there's no doubt in mind, I'm 100% certain that it was," McCoy said, adding he believes he was targeted not just because he's a Democrat, but also because he's gay. "As U.S. attorney [Whitaker] spoke at Christian Coalition events and would often refer to bringing God into his decision-making process and being guided by God's hand," McCoy said, "and so I believe that he was very much resentful of my lifestyle and I believe that played a factor in it."

    Whitaker has been facing questions from reporters about whether the case was politically motivated since the day the indictment was announced in 2007. An editorial in the Des Moines Register soon after McCoy was acquitted called for the government to compensate McCoy for his legal fees and questioned, "Was the McCoy prosecution a product of poor judgment, inexperience, misplaced zeal or partisan politicking? Perhaps all of the above."

    A Justice Department official sent a statement to CNN defending the case. "As a U.S. Attorney, then-US Attorney Whitaker had a responsibility to uphold the rule of law and pursue credible allegations of illegal activity. The Department of Justice signed off on bringing the case, the FBI conducted an independent investigation, and career prosecutors handled the case throughout its duration. The jury's verdict does not negate the obligation of law enforcement agencies to open cases when they determine laws may have been broken." McCoy said the two-year legal battle exhausted his finances and left a lasting impact on his life. "I was putting my whole family in an emotional state as a result of that. I had elderly parents, I had a young son... It took an emotional toll on the people that I loved and it was completely unnecessary."

    McCoy continued as a state senator for 11 more years, a position he will hold until January. He was just elected to the Polk County Board of Supervisors, winning with 82% of the vote.

    Whitaker left his position as U.S. attorney in 2009 and ran unsuccessfully for the U.S. Senate in 2014. He also unsuccessfully vied for a seat on the Iowa Supreme Court, then went on to create the Foundation for Accountability and Civic Trust, a Washington nonprofit funded almost entirely by dark money. In 2017, he became former Attorney General Jeff Sessions' chief of staff until this week, when he stepped into his former boss' job.

    CNN's Scott Bronstein and Madeleine Ayer contributed to this report.

     

     

  • Trump’s Supreme Court picks should concern LGBT rights activists

    Republican presidential hopeful Donald Trump has said for a long time that, when it comes to U.S. Supreme Court justices, he likes people like Clarence Thomas and Antonin Scalia. Last week, as the Republican Party’s presumptive nominee for the White House, he released a list of judges he thinks might fill the bill should he get to nominate someone to the nation’s highest court.

  • Trump’s Victory Causes Solidarity with Victims of Homophobia, Racism

    In the wake of Donald Trump’s win as president of the United States, Americans around the country are wearing safety pins and in solidarity with (and providing refuge for) victims of hate crime and abuse.