Why LGBT People Are Scared About Trump’s Presidency
For LGBTÂ Americans, Donald Trump’s impending presidency is more than an uncomfortable conversation at dinner. Theyâ€™re worried for their basic human rights. And that might sound like an exaggeration, but itâ€™s not. Hereâ€™s why.
1. His Anti-LGBTÂ â€œFirst Amendment Defense Actâ€
This basically just says that if you claim to be uber religious, you can discriminate against gay peopleÂ in your business dealings. But itâ€™s not just for businesses. Landlords and healthcare providers can discriminate too. This means that in some states you mightÂ not be able to get a job, rent a place to live, or get coverage for medical treatments as a gay person.
2. His Supreme Court Nominees
Not only is there a vacancy for Trump to fillÂ now, but there will likely be up to three more during his term. This could hurtÂ LBGTQ people becauseÂ all 11 of Trumpâ€™s possible Supreme Court choices are conservatives. Just his first appointment wouldÂ make the court 5-4 conservatives, which means they could reverse the recent ruling in support of marriage equalityÂ if it comes up for a vote again. Trump has said he will not seek to overturn this ruling, but it could still happen if someone seeks to appeal the ruling.
Religious liberty claims are used by most of his nominees to oppose protection for LGBTQ Americans regarding many of their basic rights. One of his nominees Diane Sykes even claimed that anti-gay groups should receive government subsidies under the constitution. Read: the government should back groups of homophobic people and give them money, inevitably furthering their prerogatives.
3. Mike Pence
Trump’s vice-presidential pick, Mike Pence, supportedÂ redirectingÂ government funding fromÂ HIV/AIDS research to conversion therapyÂ in 2000. As a public figure this sets a super great example for the millions of people who were previously secretly homophobic.
4. Hate Crimes
Every day there are reports of both verbal and physical altercations, with a surge in hate crimes against LGBT people. Leaving the house can feelÂ dangerous, especially in more conservative states. EvenÂ if you havenâ€™t seen it yet, it is still happening. Even if none of the anti-LGBT legislation is passed, discrimination and public embarrassment appear to be increasing.
The only concrete power Trump has had so far, he used to appoint traditionally homophobic men and women to his transition team. Jeff Sessions has opposed any move for LGBTQ rights in his role as an Alabama Senator, and now will be the Attorney General. Nikki Haley, the new ambassador to the U.N, strongly opposes gay marriage. And these are just two of hisÂ picks. These people now have not only power in America, but international power.