Under the Obama administration, the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer people plus community members who use different language to describe identity (LGBTQ+) community experienced a landmark expansion of federal protections through administrative actions. These changes improved the quality of life for LGBTQ students, workers, and parents across the country. Since taking office in January, the Trump administration has taken steps to roll back these critical protections — limiting equal access to programs and services for LGBTQ+ people. Trump has not only tried to undermine our progress, but has also disregarded the legal safeguards in place to promote consistency and public accountability.
This HRC Foundation report highlights the Trump-Pence administration's highly unusual and abusive efforts to quietly roll back critical protections, programs and services for the LGBTQ+ community by bypassing longstanding administrative policies and customs for instituting such changes.