The LBGTQ+ community will stand firm against Trump’s candidacy to be president again. (Corbis via Getty/Ira L Black)
The prospect of another Donald Trump presidency would pose a “serious risk” to LGBTQ+ rights, but queer advocates say they are “ready for battle”.
On Tuesday (November 15), Trump Announced he would run for president in 2024, making him the first president in history to attempt another presidential run after impeachment.
As the the most anti-LGBTQ+ president in modern history, he couldn’t help but include a transphobic dig in his announcement from Mar-a-Lago, insisting that, if elected, he would not “allow men… to participate in women’s sports.”
During Trump’s torturous four years in office, he relentlessly attacked the LGBTQ+ community, scrapping anti-discrimination protections, barring trans people from serving in the military, and erasing LGBTQ+ language, data, and resource pages from government websites.
But since leaving the Oval Office, anti-LGBTQ+ rhetoric has continued to rise in American politics, meaning a second Trump presidency could be even more disastrous than the first.
Human Rights Campaign Acting Chair Joni Madison said: “We in the LGBTQ+ community have watched over the past seven years as Donald Trump’s hateful language and discriminatory policies have emboldened waves of bigotry, misinformation and violence.
“Even as Republican voters have become increasingly supportive of LGBTQ+ people, registering overwhelming approval of non-discrimination and marriage equality projections, he and his extremist MAGA supporters have worked tirelessly to try to smear and demonize us, our relationships and our families.
“His time in office saw a relentless onslaught of outrageous executive orders that made it more difficult to live as an LGBTQ+ person in this country.”
Madison highlighted the “rainbow wave” seen in the US during the midterm elections and the fact that Trump-backed candidates dramatically underperformed, urging voters to “stick together on opposition to his candidacy and ensure Trump remains a one-term candidate forever.” President”.
GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis reflected on the more than 200 attacks on the LGBTQ+ community by the Trump administration, followed by the organization Trump Accountability Project, saying, “It was an administration defined by anti-LGBTQ rhetoric and actions, and a policy that empowered white supremacists and fueled racism, xenophobia, anti-Semitism and misogyny.”
Mayor Annise Parker, president and CEO of the LGBTQ Victory Fund, said that “aAnother Donald Trump presidency presents a serious threat to our nation’s LGBTQ community, which continues to face rampant homophobia and transphobia fueled by their division.”
Parker continued: “Donald Trump and those who wish to follow in his footsteps continue to use our community, and LGBTQ children in particular, as political pawns in their quest for power.
“When our fundamental rights are questioned, the safety and well-being of our children is threatened, and our leaders are terrorized, turning back is not an option.
“Donald Trump is one of the most bigoted leaders of our time and his continued anti-LGBTQ rhetoric and actions are dangerous and discrediting… The upcoming presidential election is an opportunity for voters to break with candidates who promote hate politics and, Instead, elect a leader who supports justice and equality for all Americans.”
The American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) has filed 424 legal actions against the Trump administration during the four years of its presidency, and ACLU Executive Director Anthony D Romero has said the organization is ready to keep fighting.
“Trump appointees on the federal bench have done everything they can to destroy abortion rights, limit voting rights, and strip immigrants and LGBTQ people of their basic rights,” Romero said.
“Even as we are engaged in those battles today at all levels of government, the ACLU will be ready for a second Trump administration.
“If Donald Trump believes that a second term would allow him to continue the unconstitutional and un-American policies of his first term, the ACLU will be ready to strike back at any time.”