Today the Trump White House issued a press release reaffirming prohibitions on sexual orientation discrimination in federal contracting:
President Donald J. Trump is determined to protect the rights of all Americans, including the LGBTQ community. President Trump continues to be respectful and supportive of LGBTQ rights, just as he was throughout the election. The President is proud to have been the first ever GOP nominee to mention the LGBTQ community in his nomination acceptance speech, pledging then to protect the community from violence and oppression. The executive order signed in 2014, which protects employees from anti-LGBTQ workplace discrimination while working for federal contractors, will remain intact at the direction of President Donald J. Trump.
- It took Obama SIX YEARS until July 21, 2014 to make this policy.
- We have a Republican President comfortable with calling us LGBTQ!
- This is a real doubling down of support for the gay community.
As NPR points out, these protections cover “28 million workers — roughly a fifth of America’s workforce.”
This is fantastic – thank you Mr. President!