This afternoon, Oklahoma Attorney General Scott Pruitt was officially confirmed to be the next Administrator of the Environmental Protection Agency. With this confirmation, you can add Pruitt to the list of anti-LGBTQ politicians inside the Trump Administration.
In fact, Scott Pruitt has been one of the main players in the anti-transgender movement with his fight against the Obama Administration’s guidance on transgender rights in our schools. History tells us that Pruitt is willing to govern by an ideological agenda rather than by the U.S. Constitution.
Regardless of Scott Pruitt’s qualifications for this position, or lack thereof, it is vital that the media remain aware of how out of touch this new government is with reality.
The Pruitt Record: On the Frontlines Against Transgender Equality
Pruitt Told Anti-LGBTQ Activist Tony Perkins That The Obama Administration's Guidance On Transgender Equality Is “So Objectionable And So Violative Of Common Sense.” [Audio] (Comments begin at 28:25.)
In a Letter to the Obama Administration, Pruitt Claimed the New Guidance on Transgender Students was an “Overreach.” “We believe that your actions today are unlawful and that they represent the most egregious administrative overreach to date. You have taken a public policy issue that must, by our constitutional design, be worked out in the laboratory of democracy and enforced it on all people. And you have done so through a misuse of the spending power.” [Office of the Oklahoma Attorney General, [5.13.16]
Following His Letter, Pruitt Joined a Lawsuit Seeking to Block the Guidance for Transgender Students. “Pruitt, on the state’s behalf, joined 10 other states on Wednesday in filing a lawsuit to block implementation of Obama administration guidance on school policy regarding transgender students’ use of restrooms, locker rooms and other facilities typically separated by gender. The lawsuit was filed the day after legislation addressing the issue failed in a House of Representatives committee. On Thursday, the House passed by unanimous consent a resolution supporting Pruitt’s lawsuit against what it calls a ‘blatant example of federal government and executive power overreach.’” [Tulsa World, 5.26.16]