Log Cabin Republicans executive director Jerri Ann Henry has resigned from the conservative LGBTQ group over its endorsement of Donald Trump for reelection as president in 2020.
The organization confirmed to the Washington Blade that Henry tendered her resignation on Friday.
“The final date of her employment is undetermined at this time,” LCR spokesman Charles Moran added. “The board’s executive committee will proceed with an orderly transition to ensure nothing falls through the cracks.”
The departure comes after a week of intense criticism of a public endorsement of Trump despite a number of anti-LGBTQ actions of behalf of the incumbent administration.
Many noticed that a Washington Post op-ed about the endorsement, penned by LCR chair Robert Kabel and vice chair Jill Homan, conspicuously left Henry off the byline. That seemed especially notable given Henry’s high-profile hire as the group’s first female director.
Her resignation came a day after Trump’s reelection campaign organized a high-profile effort to woo women voters.
Sources told the Blade the resignation came in direct response to LCR’s Trump endorsement and the predictable fallout and criticism.
That included an op-ed in The Advocate from Jordan Evans, the only Republican transgender elected official in the nation.
“We are not supposed to exist as a convenient shield, only to be used to validate the actions of those who do our community harm, yet this is exactly the message that we’re sending,” Evans wrote.
Meanwhile, Trump’s campaign initially showed reluctance to acknowledge the endorsement, before Trump ultimately embraced it enthusiastically while calling the organization “the Log Cabin group” and wrongly claiming the group gave him an award.