Sarah Kate Ellis, President and CEO of GLAAD, released the following statement after a Center for American Progress report discovered that the Trump Administration erased the LGBTQ community from The National Survey of Older Americans Act Participants and the Annual Program Performance Report for Centers for Independent Living, key surveys that are used to help provide care to American seniors – including disability, transportation, and caregiver support needs.
“The Trump Administration is literally attempting to erase the LGBTQ community from the fabric of American history. Our LGBTQ seniors, many of whom survived the HIV and AIDS epidemic, do not deserve to have the government once again brush them off from obtaining transportation services, caregiver support, and even delivered meals that fit their needs. Access to these services is an American right, and this heartless move proves how anti-LGBTQ the Trump Administration has always been from Day One.”
BACKGROUND INFORMATION: Timeline - The Trump Administration’s Attack on LGBTQ Americans
Trump Administration Rescinds Rights for Transgender Students
Department of Education rescinds guidance to secure transgender rights in our nation’s schools. Buckling under pressure from President Trump and Attorney General Sessions, Secretary DeVos allowed the Trump Administration to rollback Title IX protections for transgender students in our nation's schools. [CNN, 2.22.17]
Trump Administration Drafts RFRA-Like Executive Order to Harm LGBTQ Americans
President Trump and White House draft executive order that would permit open discrimination against LGBTQ Americans. ABC News reports that after previously committing to protecting LGBTQ Americans from discrimination, President Trump and his administration had drafted a "License to Discriminate" executive order which would usher in across-the-board discrimination against the LGBTQ community. [ABC News, 2.1.17]
White House Erases LGBTQ Mentions from Official Website
Trump Administration Removes LGBTQ Content From Federal Websites. “…LGBTQ advocacy groups also condemned the Trump administration for removing all mention of LGBTQ people from the White House website on the day of Trump's presidential inauguration. In addition to the State Department and White House removals, LGBTQ content has also been scrubbed from other federal agency websites. A report titled "Advancing LGBT Workplace Rights" was removed from the U.S. Department of Labor website, while other LGBTQ-themed webpages remained. [NBC News, 1.24.17]
To see the Trump Administration’s entire anti-LGBTQ record, please go to GLAAD’s Trump Accountability Project page.