The Trump Administration has stated “at this time” it will not backpedal on the gains the LGBT community made under the Obama Administration’s executive actions. Maintaining the protections established by President Obama is the right thing to do, but we are a forward-looking movement, and we should not be satisfied with simply reaffirming gains made years ago.
The truth is, President Trump openly supports the “First Amendment Defense Act” and has surrounded himself with staffers and appointees who have repeatedly sought to legalize discrimination against LGBT people in the name of religion. Just last night he nominated Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court, who is best known for his commitment to prioritizing personal religious beliefs over all other rights and freedoms.
Know this: we are vigilant. We will not let this distract us from the work that must be done at home as well as across our nation. Louisiana’s Attorney General is still fighting against the same protections extended to our state employees. The state legislative session is just around the corner, and we must fight against the type of hateful legislation being introduced in many states where the forces of bigotry feel empowered by the results of the election.
We stand tall against all forms of discrimination, and Forum for Equality will continue to fight for you, always. Stand with us by becoming a member today.
With equality for all,
Executive Director, Forum for Equality