LGBTQ pages vanish from White House website as Trump takes control
WASHINGTON, D.C., January 25, 2017 (LifeSiteNews) – The Trump administration moved swiftly last Friday after Donald Trump was sworn in as president to remove LBGT content from official White House websites.
Within the first few hours of Trump’s inauguration, former President Barack Obama’s LGBT page containing his “victories” and policy changes was gone. All mention of so-called “global warming” and “climate change” was removed as well.
The Obama Administration LGBT page had highlighted “major legislative achievements, historic court victories and important policy changes” for gay and transgender people.
Users searching whitehouse.gov/lgbt were initially redirected to a transition splash page, but the URL now leads to a more general page with links to either the White House homepage, press page, or Obama’s archive.
It’s normal for digital assets to be transferred from WhiteHouse.gov to an archive account, so the Obama LGBT page was relocated there. But the removal of the content and other LGBT references upset activists.
Also gone are a Labor Department report on LGBT worker rights, content on LGBT pride month observances, the State Department’s Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBT Persons, and an official apology from former Secretary of State John Kerry earlier this month for LGBT State Department employees having being fired from their jobs over the course of several years beginning in the 1940s.
"With each passing hour, the Trump administration continues to show the extent of their contempt for the enormous progress made over the past eight years," Human Rights Campaign President Chad Griffin said.
The Kerry apology is regarded as significant among LGBT activists and Griffin called for it and the other LGBT content to be immediately restored.
HRC noted as well that Vice President Mike Pence, while he was a member of Congress, had opposed U.S. efforts to promote the LGBT cause globally, specifically part of the proposed 2010-2011 Foreign Relations Authorization Act.
It’s likely that this action, Pence’s signing of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act (RFRA), and opposition to homosexual “marriage” as Indiana governor made Pence the target of LGBT protesters at his home last week.
Family advocates were concerned during the presidential campaign that Trump would support special rights for LGBT individuals, though he has promised to protect religious liberty.
And while he had fluctuated on the Obergefell v. Hodges Supreme Court ruling legalizing homosexual “marriage,” first stating that it was settled law, he has since said that Christians can trust him to defend marriage.
Both sides continue to watch for more specifics to unfold on how the Trump-Pence administration will address LGBT issues.
In his final press conference as president, Obama said regarding his LGBT agenda: “I could not be prouder of the transformation that’s taken place in our society.”