From the repeal of basic civil rights protections to the elimination of safety net programs that protect and care for the most vulnerable, the LGBT community is facing historic threats from our federal government today. In fact, President Trump’s first executive orders are more than threats, they’re potentially deadly actions, and we’ve learned this is just the beginning. While violence against LGBT people is escalating in parts of the world, the president has prohibited those fleeing persecution in seven Middle Eastern countries, including those who have experienced violence and may be killed because of their sexual orientation or gender identity, from getting asylum here. More than that, he has signed orders calling for aggressive action to find and deport undocumented immigrants, sending thousands of LGBT people back to countries where they could face violence, torture, and even murder.
February 6 / The Advocate