Just last month the White House mentioned Donald Trump is "respectful and supportive of LGBTQ rights," but following Wednesday's reversal of Obama-era guidance directing schools to enable transgender students to use the bathroom that matches their gender identity, the president's alleged affinity for such rights has been questioned.
In truth, it's a bit of a turnaround for the president, who has spoken fairly positively about the LGBT community in current months.
"President Donald J. Trump is determined to protect the rights of all Americans, including the LGBTQ community," the White Property stated in a statement in late January, to assure the LGBT community that he would continue to enforce an Obama-era executive order safeguarding the rights of LGBT federal employees and contractors. "President Trump continues to be respectful and supportive of LGBTQ rights, just as he was throughout the election.
The statement added, "The President is proud to have been the first ever GOP nominee to mention the LGBTQ neighborhood in his nomination acceptance speech, pledging then to guard the community from violence and oppression."
And Trump was also somewhat supportive of the LGBT neighborhood during the campaign.
When asked during a Tv interview in April if Olympian-turned-reality Television star Caitlyn Jenner would be free of charge to use any bathroom at Trump Tower, the then-presidential candidate mentioned, "That is correct."
These comments came while North Carolina's so-named bathroom bill -- that banned men and women from utilizing bathrooms didn’t match the sex indicated on their birth certificate -- was getting hotly debated.
Through the same aforementioned interview, Trump said transgender people in North Carolina really should be capable to "use the bathroom they feel is proper." He added that state lawmakers need to "leave it the way it is."
A couple of months later, at a rally in June in Dallas, Trump proclaimed "the LGBT neighborhood is starting to like Donald Trump incredibly, really much lately."
As for his position on exact same-sex marriage, Trump has been a bit contradictory. In the course of an interview with "60 Minutes" last November, Trump said he was "fine" with very same-sex marriage as the law of the land.
"These cases have gone to the Supreme Court," he stated. "They've been settled. And I'm fine with that. It was settled in the Supreme Court. I mean, it is accomplished."
But in the course of the Republican presidential primaries, he said the gay marriage challenge should have been left to the states and that he would take into account appointing judges to overrule the Supreme Court’s marriage choices.
"I would strongly contemplate that, yes," he mentioned in a January 2016 Fox News interview.
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