Make the hate stop, Donald.
But just two days later, a draft of one of Trump’s executive orders leaked to The Nation. The order, titled “Establishing a Government-Wide Initiative to Respect Religious Freedom,” tells a very different story.
If enacted, it would allow religious organizations to discriminate against gay, bisexual, queer and trans people in matters of housing, employment, education, health care and elsewhere.
Simply put, it flies in the face of everything Trump spoke of on Monday.
To be clear, administration officials have denied that the order will be adopted. When asked about the matter, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said, “There’s a lot of executive orders, a lot of things the president has talked about and will continue to fulfill but we have nothing on that front now.”
As a gay woman, my heart is in my throat. Yes, my rights might be under renewed threat. On the other hand, they could be on the brink of being secured.
By refusing to allow this executive order to come to light, President Trump can slam the door on the issue. He can make clear to the Republican party that when it comes to protecting the rights of the LGBT community, we will not go backward.
For Trump to set this precedent within a party that, up until now, has been hell-bent on repealing hard-fought rights would be a huge victory for us. It’d be a bigger and more unprecedented win than the repealing of these protections would be a loss, because it would stop progress’s antsy pendulum in its tracks and push LGBT rights beyond the point of return.