Issue:  Vol. 48 / No. 8 / 22 February 2018

Trump says he’ll keep federal LGBT executive order

by Lisa Keen

In an unusual move, President Donald Trump on Tuesday issued a statement saying he would not rescind an executive order signed in 2014 that prohibits discrimination by federal contractors against LGBT employees.

(President Donald Trump. Photo: Courtesy AP)

(President Donald Trump. Photo: Courtesy AP)

The one-paragraph statement released January 31 came just 24 hours after some rumors circulated that Trump was on the verge of rescinding the executive order.

The statement released by the White House says:

“President Donald J. Trump is determined to protect the rights of all Americans, including the LGBTQ community. President Trump continues to be respectful and supportive of LGBTQ rights, just as he was throughout the election. The president is proud to have been the first ever GOP nominee to mention the LGBTQ community in his nomination acceptance speech, pledging then to protect the community from violence and oppression. The executive order signed in 2014, which protects employees from anti-LGBTQ workplace discrimination while working for federal contractors, will remain intact at the direction of President Donald J. Trump.”

Trump’s frequent pledges to repeal many of President Barack Obama’s executive orders – along with his nominations to key administration posts of people with anti-LGBT records – had many LGBT people braced for the possibility he would reverse some or all of existing pro-LGBT executive orders and memos.

But Log Cabin Republicans national President Gregory Angelo said January 18 that the Trump transition team’s Office of National Engagement invited Log Cabin to draft and submit the white paper on the LGBT Non-Discrimination Executive Order. Angelo said he considered that a “strong signal” that Trump’s promise to be a “real friend” to the LGBT community was “genuine.”

Log Cabin urged “preserving the LGBT Non-Discrimination Executive Order. …” It said the paper it submitted presented the “common-sense conservative case for LGBT non-discrimination in federal contractors to the Trump transition team.” It also noted that the last Republican president, George W. Bush, left intact the original executive order prohibiting discrimination against federal employees based on sexual orientation.

— Cynthia Laird, January 31, 2017 @ 9:36 am PST
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