It’s only 13 days since DonaldTrump, the reality TV star and billionaire businessman, was inaugurated as the 45th president of the United States. Trump assured LGBT people Monday that he would leave in place an antidiscrimination order that protects LGBT employees at companies with federal government contracts, but LGBT groups knew better than to trust Trump.
A leaked draft of an anti-LGBT “religious freedom” executive order that was published Wednesday lays out a plan to to allow businesses, nonprofits, and even government employees with certain religious beliefs to discriminate against LGBT people and others without repercussions. A White House spokeswoman said the draft was just one of many circulating and that Trump had no plans to sign anything at the moment. At the National Prayer Breakfast Thursday morning, however, he did endorse an expanded role for religion in politics.
The news of the draft order led several LGBT groups, politicians, and writers to respond on Twitter. Read their comments below.
New York Congressman Jerry Nadler, echoing a famous saying about the Holocaust, said Trump first came for the Muslims, and now he’s going for LGBT people.
George Takei, the out gay Star Trek actor and social media guru, tweeted that Trump has a lot of queer protesters coming his way in the future:
Chad Griffin, the president of the Human Rights Campaign, called the draft “an attack on LGBTQ Americans.”
If the order is signed into law, the Los Angeles LGBT Center is organizing a march to take place the same days. More marches are sure to be held across the country.
Noah Michelson, executive editor of the Queer Voices vertical at The Huffington Post, wrote that if the order becomes law, “this country will EXPLODE.”
Sarah Kate Ellis, the president of GLAAD, wrote “freedom of religion does not mean the freedom to discriminate #WeResist." GLAAD is organizing a rally tonight at the Stonewall Inn in New York City.
The National LGBTQ Task Force said the executive order “twists freedom of, and freedom from, religion to justify amoral discrimination.”
Americans United, a religious liberty watchdog group, called the draft “an excuse to discriminate against almost anyone.”