Much has been made about the threat that a Donald Trump presidency almost certainly represents to the progress the LGBTQ community has made in the past 8 years. Though Trump himself has made rather conflicting statements about whether or not these issues are a priority for him, his pick of Mike Pence as a running mate demonstrates beyond any shadow of doubt that he doesn’t have our best interest at heart.
While we know that Trump may not have rolling back LGBTQ rights and protections as a top priority, we do have a Republican majority. We do know that the current Republican platform is extremely hostile to LGBTQ people, and that several members of his top staff are vehemently anti-LGBTQ. It remains to be seen whether or not Trump will sign whatever awful things Congress is sure to send his way, but there is most definitely damage he could do on day one, should he choose to do so.
According to The Center for American Progress, there are 8 executive orders President Obama has signed that Donald Trump could undo if he wanted to.
∙ Executive Order prohibiting federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.
∙ Final rule in May 2016 that protected LGBT people from discrimination in healthcare and insurance under the Affordable Care Act.
∙ Prison Rape Elimination Act implementation regulations in May 2012 to directly protect LGBT people.
∙ Equal Access to Housing in HUD Programs Regardless of Sexual Orientation or Gender Identity Rule in February 2012, protecting LGBT people in all HUD-funded programs.
∙ Comprehensive guidance in May 2016 on their interpretation of Title IX, clarifying that public schools receiving federal funding must treat transgender students in accordance with their gender identity.
∙ Guidance in July 2013 that all immigration visa petitions filed on behalf of a same-sex spouse would be reviewed in the same manner as those filed on behalf of an opposite-sex spouse.
∙ The Global Equality Fund, launched in 2011, which supports programs that advance the human rights LGBT persons around the world.
∙ Public endorsement of the Equality Act in November 2015, supporting comprehensive federal nondiscrimination protections for LGBT people.
It’s worth noting here that this is not specifically a thing he has promised to do. In what he calls his “contract with the american voter,” he promises to “cancel every unconstitutional executive action, memorandum and order issued by President Obama.” Which of these executive orders are, in his mind, unconstitutional? He hasn’t said specifically.
I want to be clear that I’m not trying to fearmonger and say that this is all gone on the first day of a Trump presidency. This is meant merely to inform about what could be done, and what he would have the power to do if he wished.
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