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Trump’s LGBTQ+ Record Touted on Bizarre Ads in Iowa

Trump’s LGBTQ+ Record Touted on Bizarre Ads in Iowa

LGBT for Trump flag with the former president holding it

Nobody knows where they’re coming from or who’s paying for them.

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Iowans are receiving mailers promoting the same message as the controversial anti-LGBTQ+ video that Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis recently promoted. It was so homophobic that it caused Gays Against Groomers, DeSantis’s most supportive anti-trans hate group, to fracture.

According to Iowa political blog Bleeding Heartland, a mailer appears to promote former President Donald Trump as a champion of marriage equality and trans rights. Trump is neither and has a history of anti-LGBTQ+ policy positions during his presidency and since.

The Iowa mailers was paid for by Advancing Our Values.

Accentuated by an underline in rainbow colors, the message “Thank you, President Trump” appears alongside a banner in the transgender Pride flag colors calling Trump “a transgender trailblazer,” the website reports.

A Politico article referenced in the mailer describes how Trump received a standing ovation from the conservative gay group, the Log Cabin Republicans, for “delivering an enthusiastic affirmation of gay rights not often heard in the GOP.”

Iowa is one of the conservative states with a solid Evangelical Christian population, which historically has not been friendly to LGBTQ+ issues.

DeSantis War Room tweeted a video last month mocking Trump for supporting the LGBTQ+ community after the Pulse nightclub shooting in 2016.

DeSantis’ anti-LGBTQ+, especially anti-trans, policy proposals and laws that he signed are celebrated for stifling the rights of queer Floridians. There were also homoerotic images of shirtless men with defined muscles and clips of the American Psycho, which features actor Christian Bale as a serial killer. There is also a clip of Brad Pitt as Achilles — who many note had a male lover in the Illiad.

The Log Cabin Republicans, the largest queer GOP group in the U.S., and others criticized DeSantis’ video for its homophobia.

DeSantis, however, defended the video in an interview, saying Trump’s past support of trans women competing in the Miss Universe pageant rendered it “totally fair game.”

In response to outrage, the original account deleted the video a week after posting it.

The non-profit organization behind the Iowa advertisement was established on June 27, according to Bleeding Heartland. As far as funding and political affiliation are concerned, neither was available.

A growing number of conservative organizations are promoting liberal ideas in Florida to damage candidates’ opponents, according to the Orlando Sentinel.
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Christopher Wiggins is a senior national reporter for The Advocate. He has a rich career in storytelling and highlighting underrepresented voices. Growing up in a bilingual household in Germany, his German mother and U.S. Army father exposed him to diverse cultures early on, influencing his appreciation for varied perspectives and communication. His work in Washington, D.C., primarily covers the nexus of public policy, politics, law, and LGBTQ+ issues. Wiggins' reporting focuses on revealing lesser-known stories within the LGBTQ+ community. Key moments in his career include traveling with Vice President Kamala Harris and interviewing her in the West Wing about LGBTQ+ support. In addition to his national and political reporting, Wiggins represents The Advocate in the White House Press Pool and is a member of several professional journalistic organizations, including the White House Correspondents’ Association, Association of LGBTQ+ Journalists, and Society of Professional Journalists. His involvement in these groups highlights his commitment to ethical journalism and excellence in the field. Follow him on X/Twitter @CWNewser (https://twitter.com/CWNewser) and Threads @CWNewserDC (https://www.threads.net/@cwnewserdc).
Christopher Wiggins is a senior national reporter for The Advocate. He has a rich career in storytelling and highlighting underrepresented voices. Growing up in a bilingual household in Germany, his German mother and U.S. Army father exposed him to diverse cultures early on, influencing his appreciation for varied perspectives and communication. His work in Washington, D.C., primarily covers the nexus of public policy, politics, law, and LGBTQ+ issues. Wiggins' reporting focuses on revealing lesser-known stories within the LGBTQ+ community. Key moments in his career include traveling with Vice President Kamala Harris and interviewing her in the West Wing about LGBTQ+ support. In addition to his national and political reporting, Wiggins represents The Advocate in the White House Press Pool and is a member of several professional journalistic organizations, including the White House Correspondents’ Association, Association of LGBTQ+ Journalists, and Society of Professional Journalists. His involvement in these groups highlights his commitment to ethical journalism and excellence in the field. Follow him on X/Twitter @CWNewser (https://twitter.com/CWNewser) and Threads @CWNewserDC (https://www.threads.net/@cwnewserdc).