Since the moment Donald Trump and Mike Pence walked into the White House, they have attacked the progress we have made toward full equality for the LGBTQ+ community and undermined the rights of countless Americans.
But over the course of their time in office, you haven’t stayed silent. Whether he meant to or not, Donald Trump and Mike Pence have awakened a sleeping giant. Never before have Americans been more eager to participate, advocate and fight back. Each and every day, HRC and our grassroots supporters are harnessing the full power of our democracy to protect our progress and resist.
Together, we will keep uniting against hate, fighting for our community and taking a stand against the Trump-Pence administration’s dangerous and discriminatory agenda.
Less than two hours after Trump and his virulently anti-LGBTQ+ activist Vice President Mike Pence were sworn into office, all mentions of LGBTQ+ issues were removed from the official White House webpage.
HRC and millions of demonstrators around the world came together for the Women’s March to protest Trump and his new administration aimed at tearing back our progress.
Trump's State Department removed from the website former Secretary of State John Kerry's apology for the infamous "Lavender Scare" witch hunt in the 1950s and 1960s, and other content LGBTQ+ content, like information on pride month observances and the State Department’s Special Envoy for the Human Rights of LGBT Persons.
Trump signed an executive order directing the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to begin constructing a wall along the Mexico-U.S. border. He also ordered the immediate detention and deportation of undocumented immigrants -- sparking nationwide protests that his order would tear law-abiding immigrant families apart.
Trump nominated Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court to fill the vacancy left following the passing of Justice Antonin Scalia. The next day, Gorsuch’s anti-equality record -- from opposing crucial media treatment for a transgender person to supporting a license to discriminate for private corporations -- led HRC to take the unprecedented step in opposing this nomination, a first for the organization.
In response to the U.S. Department of Justice’s (DOJ)announcement that it will no longer challenge a nationwide hold on protections for transgender students, hundreds of parents of transgender children sent a letter to Trump condemning the decision and calling on his administration to fully enforce federal civil rights laws.
Under the direction of Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Education Secretary Betsy DeVos, the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education revoked the Obama Administration’s guidance detailing school obligations to transgender students under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.
The Supreme Court sent Gavin Grimm's case back to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals following the Trump Administration's decision to rescind protective school guidance for transgender students; resulting in transgender students having to wait for a decision from the nation's highest court to affirm their basic rights for at least another year.
Trump’s Housing and Urban Development Department (HUD) -- led by anti-LGBTQ+ proponent Secretary Ben Carson -- withdrew two notices impacting LGBTQ+ people. The first notice withdrew a requirement for emergency shelters receiving HUD funding to post information about LGBTQ+ people’s rights to access shelter safely and in accordance with their gender identity. The second notice withdrew critical data collection and implementation guidelines for a homelessness prevention initiative targeting LGBTQ+ youth.
Donald Trump’s HUD pick Ben Carson is an outspoken opponent of LGBTQ equality. His positions should disqualify him from consideration. pic.twitter.com/4K8NIp5nif— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) January 15, 2017
Trump administration’s HHS amended two surveys of the elderly to remove a question about sexual orientation. The department uses the National Survey of Older Americans Act Participants (NSOAAP) to decide how to allocate federal funding to groups that work with the elderly; removing the critical question was the only change made to the survey.
HRC Legal Director Sarah Warbelow, testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee regarding Trump’s nomination of Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. In her testimony, she details Gorsuch’s long and troubling career opposing civil rights, including for LGBTQ+ people.
The Trump-Pence administration announced it will strike data collection regarding sexual orientation and gender identity from the 2020 census. Trump’s effort to remove the language served as a larger campaign to erase LGBTQ+ people from federal surveys and disrupt programs that provide direct assistance to the LGBTQ+ community.
In a significant victory for LGBTQ+ rights, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit ruled that the 1964 Civil Rights Act provides protections based on sexual orientation. This decision marked the first time a federal appellate court has ruled this way and reversed a previous decision made in July.
Secretary of State Rex Tillerson met with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Russian President Vladimir Putin in Moscow. During his visit, HRC urged the secretary to condemn the atrocities happening in Chechnya after several news outlets reported that officials were torturing and killing gay men in “detention-style camps.”
HRC joined with bipartisan lawmakers and an unprecedented number of businesses to announce the re-introduction of the Equality Act — federal legislation that would finally guarantee explicit, permanent protections for LGBTQ+ people under our nation's existing civil rights laws.
Trump signed an executive order giving AG Sessions discretion to create a license-to-discriminate in agencies across the federal government against LGBTQ+ Americans and women. HRC joined other LGBTQ+ organizations rallied at the White House in protest.
In a victory for the LGBTQ+ community, Trump’s nominee for Army Secretary, Mark Green, announced he would remove himself from consideration, after weeks of pressure from HRC. Our members took over 25,000 actions to #StopMarkGreen and lead a robust campaign to expose his shameful history of attacking LGBTQ+ people.
The Trump administration released its budget for Fiscal Year 2018 filled with draconian cuts to safety net programs that would be devastating to millions of Americans. On the chopping block are critical programs that focus on preventing, fighting, and finding cures for diseases, and on programs that provide health services to people living with HIV, low-income women, children, the disabled and elderly.
In a shocking exchange during a hearing before a House Appropriations Subcommittee, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos refused to stand up or provide any reassurances to LGBTQ+ students that they would be protected by the federal government from discrimination -- once again, reinforcing the notion that the Trump administration is no ally to the LGBTQ+ community or its youth.
In an alarming op-ed in Newsweek titled “Trump Doesn’t Care About HIV. We’re Outta Here,” one of the six dedicated HIV experts who had served on the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA) wrote about leaving over the Trump-Pence administration’s complacency in fighting the HIV epidemic.
Trump made the dangerous and unpatriotic move to reinstate a ban on qualified transgender people serving in the military. His reprehensible action, announced in a series of tweets, could result in the discharge of more than 15,000 transgender Americans currently serving our country. The move, a blatant political maneuver to appeal to the most radical in Trump's base, will undermine military morale and readiness.
The Trump-Pence-McConnell bill to strip health care from millions fails to pass in the Senate. The plan to repeal the ACA would have caused insurance premiums to drastically rise and leave millions of Americans uninsured, with a particularly devastating impact on low-income senior citizens, women, children, LGBTQ+ people and people living with HIV. While a win for millions of Americans, our fight is far from over.
In a clear repudiation of Trump’s harmful and ill-conceived Twitter policy-making, 56 retired Generals and Admirals released a joint statement warning his transgender military ban would degrade military readiness.
HRC joined as plaintiffs in a federal lawsuit brought by Lambda Legal and OutServe-SLDN against the White House directive that interferes in Department of Defense personnel policy by pushing forward Trump’s and Pence’s transgender military ban. HRC called on Secretary of Defense James Mattis to protect transgender service members from the vicious political assault.
More than 140 U.S. House Democrats condemn Trump’s trans military ban. In a letter to Trump, they wrote: “Implicitly, your ban denies the value of transgender servicemembers, and it questions the professionalism of those who serve beside them. Our Armed Forces have grown more equal and more inclusive over time, often in the face of strident opposition.” Read the full letter here.
The Trump-Pence administration cruelly decided to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that allowed hundreds of thousands of young people who were brought to the U.S. as minors to stay in the country, to continue their studies and to continue making positive contributions to our nation. It is estimated that approximately 75,000 of these “Dreamers” are LGBTQ+. HRC has called on Congress to pass comprehensive immigration reform and has endorsed the 2017 DREAM Act.
HRC Foundation released a new report, Trump’s Administrative Abuse and the LGBTQ Community, highlighting 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.
Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos officially rescinded critical 2011 Title IX guidance related to schools' obligations to address sexual harassment, including sexual violence. For the LGBTQ+ community, which faces disproportionate levels of sexual assault and violence, this decision sends a strong signal that the Department of Education will not use its full power to protect them from harm.
At the direction of AG Sessions, DOJ issued a memo to government lawyers rescinding Obama administration guidance that discrimination protections under Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1965 apply to transgender people. The Trump-Pence DOJ instructed U.S. attorneys to adopt this dangerous position in all pending and future matters.
Trump/Pence administration unleashes another attack on trans people, this time refusing to fight for trans workers. https://t.co/B3nG1Tvsk8— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) October 5, 2017
DOJ began the implementation of a sweeping “license to discriminate” that will put millions of LGBTQ+ Americans at risk of discrimination, as well as release a new regulation that could deny millions of Americans access to critical contraceptive care previously guaranteed under the ACA.
The U.S. House of Representatives introduced bipartisan legislation to protect currently-serving transgender service members from being discharged due to Trump’s transgender military ban.
In a stunning new piece by the The New Yorker, Trump “jokes” Pence wants to hang LGBTQ+ people. Mike Pence has spent his career attacking LGBTQ+ people in Congress, in the governor's mansion, and now in the White House. Donald Trump's remark lays open the depth of their hostility and animosity toward LGBTQ people, and just how deeply they believe we should be treated as second-class citizens in our own country.
A U.S. federal judge blocked the Trump-Pence administration’s unconstitutional ban on military service by transgender troops in the case brought by NCLR and GLAD.
HRC hailed the U.S. Senate’s passage of a resolution condemning the violence and persecution against LGBTQ+ people in Chechnya.
The U.S. House of Representatives unanimously passed a nearly identical bipartisan resolution in June. To date, neither Trump nor Secretary Tillerson have publicly condemned the atrocities.
A second federal judge blocks enforcement of the Trump-Pence administration’s ban on military service by transgender troops. The decision by U.S. District Judge Marvin J. Gabris in Maryland came just hours before oral arguments in a third case challenging the unconstitutional ban, and also explicitly affirms the right of transgender troops to access medically-necessary care.
A 2nd federal judge has issued a preliminary injunction in the ongoing efforts to #ProtectTransTroops from @realDonaldTrump & @mike_pence's dangerous & discriminatory #TransBan. https://t.co/VcwHn8L2hX— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) November 21, 2017
White House Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders made the startling admission that Trump agreed with the position articulated before the Supreme Court by his solicitor general, Noel Francisco, that businesses should be allowed to hang signs that say they won’t serve LGBTQ+ customers.
Shocking: In 2017, @realdonaldtrump's solicitor general is arguing we return to an era when stores post signs indicating who they will and will not serve. Businesses can choose what they serve, not who they serve. We won't go back. pic.twitter.com/neqdYUFN3x— Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin) December 5, 2017
A federal court in Seattle ordered an immediate halt to the Trump administration’s discriminatory plan to ban transgender people from serving openly in the U.S. Armed Services. The ruling came in the lawsuit brought by Lambda Legal and OutServe-SLDN challenging the ban and prevents the ban from being implemented while the case proceeds.
HRC and artist Robin Bell projected the Center for Disease Control’s (CDC) banned words onto the side of the Trump International Hotel in Washington, DC. The display came on the heels of a Washington Post’s report that the Trump-Pence administration banned the use of seven words -- "transgender," "fetus," "vulnerable," "entitlement," "diversity," "evidence-based" and "science-based” -- by the CDC.
.@HRC protests tonight in powerful display projected at Trump’s DC Hotel. The projection rotated words Trump-Pence administration reportedly banned at the CDC, including "transgender" & "diversity" - and ended with a declaration from the #LGBTQ community: “we will not be erased.” pic.twitter.com/Yq8aQQdaRX— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) December 20, 2017
Trump signed into law a $1.5 trillion tax-scam bill that was carefully crafted to undermine the ACA and other vital health care programs. Republican leadership rushed the partisan bill through both chambers of Congress in less than 24 hours and didn’t receive a single vote from Democratic lawmakers.
Almost a year in office and all @realDonaldTrump has to show for it is a sloppy and reckless tax bill that threatens health care and programs millions rely on. Voters will remember in November. https://t.co/TNwRodY4dP— Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin) December 20, 2017
The Trump-Pence administration launched the “Division of Conscience and Religious Freedom” at HHS, which could enable discrimination against LGBTQ+ people, women, and others. The creation of the unnecessary new division will likely promote a license to discriminate and divert needed enforcement resources and encourages discrimination against LGBTQ+ people.
The Trump-Pence administration refused to sign a statement in support of an Inter-American Court of Human Rights’ ruling on marriage equality and transgender rights.
More than 700 parents of transgender children sent a letter to Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos condemning her failure to protect transgender students and calling on her to recognize the basic human and civil rights of transgender young people in our nation’s schools.
On the one-year anniversary of @BetsyDeVosED becoming U.S. Education Secretary, 700+ parents of transgender children sent her a letter condemning her unconscionable failure to protect transgender students. https://t.co/mXTDsAGOnt— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) February 7, 2018
The Department of Education made the shocking announcement that they will refuse to respond to civil rights complaints filed by transgender students who are barred from using bathrooms that correspond with their gender identity.
BREAKING: After months of dodging the issue, @BetsyDeVosED's Education Department officially announces it will not act to protect #transgender kids blocked from using bathrooms that match their gender identity.https://t.co/zlVbX8ZvsC— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) February 12, 2018
March 1, 2018: HRC, Lambda Legal, OutServe-SLDN, the American Military Partner Association, and Gender Justice Leagueunveiled a new television ad -- entitled “Patriots” -- featuring military, national security, and bipartisan officials voicing opposition to the Trump-Pence administration’s ban on transgender service members.
.@HRC @LambdaLegal @OutserveSLDN @LGBTMilPartners & @GenderJusticeWA’s new ad is part of the largest paid media campaign against Donald Trump's ban on transgender troops since he tweeted the policy last July. #ProtectTransTroops pic.twitter.com/m5qPHFJfeJ— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) March 1, 2018
Secretary Carson released a new mission statement for HUD that removed several key phrases from the existing mission statement that prioritized fighting discrimination in housing and supporting access and inclusivity in all communities.
The new mission statement removes several key phrases, including “strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all” and “inclusive and sustainable communities free from discrimination." https://t.co/ken4PtjoK8— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) March 7, 2018
HRC criticized Secretary Ben Carson’s shameful admission that HUD was delaying important resources protecting LGBTQ+ people in homeless shelters. Carson testified during a budget hearing before the House Appropriations Subcommittee on Transportation, HUD, and related agencies.
More than 4,500 LGBTQ+ people and allies from every state, including D.C. and Puerto Rico, joined HRC to submit comments about the proposed Trump-Pence administration’s so-called “conscience” regulation at HHS. If finalized, it would empower health care providers to deny LGBTQ+ people and women necessary care, and deter healthcare organizations and providers from taking necessary action to guarantee that all patients have access to the care they not only deserve, but are legally entitled to.
Physicians’ personal beliefs should NEVER be prioritized over life-saving patient care. @HHSgov should know that.— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) March 14, 2018
Join @HRC in reminding them that any proposal suggesting otherwise is discriminatory and wrong. https://t.co/r9JWwnU9f7
HRC released a letter from HRC President Chad Griffin to Donald Trump calling on him to end his deafening silence on the ongoing anti-LGBTQ+ crimes against humanity in the Russian republic of Chechnya. Griffin's letter comes as HRC is also urging its members and supporters to contact the White House and demand Trump condemn the atrocities as “crimes against humanity.”
On April 1, 2017, news broke of suspected gay & bi men being imprisoned, tortured & killed in Chechnya. In a letter to the White House, @HRC Pres. @ChadHGriffin demanded @realDonaldTrump condemn the atrocities as “crimes against humanity." #EyesOnChechnya https://t.co/PXg41APlz1 pic.twitter.com/huqMYsb4V4— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) April 1, 2018
HRC launched “The Real Mike Pence,” a comprehensive campaign -- including a scathing report and microsite -- exposing the vice president’s long history of anti-LGBTQ+ animus and shining a spotlight on the inordinate influence he and his inner circle wield in the administration.
.@HRC is shining a spotlight on @Mike_Pence -- the most powerful and least scrutinized vice president in history, who has spent his career attacking the #LGBTQ community. Get the facts on the #RealMikePence. https://t.co/R75vxKRVeB pic.twitter.com/kJ7Or7xjyZ— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) April 19, 2018
HRC responded to news that the Trump-Pence administration has ordered the Bureau of Prisons to use “biological sex” in determining how transgender prisoners are assigned housing, putting them at significant risk of sexual abuse, assault, and other types of discrimination.
SHAMEFUL: Trump-Pence administration rolls back Obama-era guidance on transgender prisoners, putting vulnerable people at significant risk. https://t.co/vWrzZAyd3z— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) May 12, 2018
HRC and artist Robin Bell projected a message to Betsy DeVos to raise awareness about how the Trump-Pence administration’s policies are harming already vulnerable LGBTQ+ youth. HRC released the results of a groundbreaking survey of 12,000 LGBTQ+ teens on to the U.S. Department of Education building in Washington, D.C.
.@HRC and @UConn’s groundbreaking survey of 12,000+ #LGBTQ youth found that most:— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) May 24, 2018
❌ Felt depressed or down over the last week
❌ Felt worthless or hopelessness in the past week
❌ Have trouble sleeping
�� @BetsyDeVosED: How do you sleep at night? �� pic.twitter.com/FFy5EjIuQE
In the Supreme Court’s narrow ruling against the Colorado Civil Rights Commission in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case, the Court acknowledged that LGBTQ people are equal and have a right to live free from the indignity of discrimination. The Trump-Pence administration filed an amicus brief in this case in support of the baker’s claim.
“In no way did the Supreme Court grant a license to discriminate around the country.” - @HRC’s Legal Director Sarah Warbelow weighs in on Masterpiece Cakeshop case. #OpenToAll ⚖️��️�� pic.twitter.com/kknlH23I2L— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) June 5, 2018
A federal court in Seattle denied yet another attempt by the Trump administration to implement its discriminatory plan to ban transgender people from serving openly in the U.S. Armed Services.
There is no valid justification for such unconstitutional discrimination. We remain hopeful for a victory in this case on behalf of our brave transgender service members and the qualified recruits who simply want to serve their country. #ProtectTransTroops https://t.co/y8nGPskSNZ— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) June 16, 2018
HRC called on the Senate to reject Brett Kavanaugh, who was pre-cleared by anti-LGBTQ+ and anti-choice organizations and nominated by the Trump-Pence Administration to the Supreme Court. HRC joined our partner organizations including Planned Parenthood and NARAL to oppose Kavanaugh’s nomination.
Ahead of the Trump-Putin summit in Helsinki, HRC projected an enormous message onto the Presidential Palace in Helsinki demanding that Donald Trump and Vladimir Putin immediately end the ongoing anti-LGBTQ+ crimes against humanity occurring in the Russian republic of Chechnya.
For more than 15 months, @realDonaldTrump has refused to publicly condemn the systematic torture, abuse & murder of LGBTQ people occurring in Chechnya as Vladimir Putin has licensed the violence to continue.— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) July 15, 2018
Tonight, we displayed this message ahead of their meeting in Helsinki. pic.twitter.com/82BW4t4zUK
HRC blasted the Trump-Pence administration’s creation of a taxpayer-funded task force as part of their ongoing campaign to license discrimination against LGBTQ+ people in the public square.
THREAD: 1/ This taxpayer funded Religious Liberty Task Force is yet another example of the Trump-Pence White House and Jeff Sessions sanctioning discrimination against LGBTQ people. https://t.co/Z739npFkzd— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) July 30, 2018
HRC sent FOIA request to the Department of Justice calling for the release of all records related to the so-called “Religious Liberty Task Force” announced by Attorney General Jeff Sessions on July 30, 2018. HRC is demanding transparency from the DOJ, which has not provided details publicly on the activities of the task force, including how much it is spending, what it’s mandate and scope is, and who is on it.
The American people need to know how much of their taxpayer $ is going towards Sessions’ discriminatory “Religious Liberty Task Force.”— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) August 7, 2018
Who's on the task force?
What's its scope?
What other anti-LGBTQ groups are involved?
We filed a FOIA to get answers.https://t.co/Srq40T4aTo
HRC responded to Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s repeated refusal to answer basic questions from Senator Kamala Harris on whether the landmark Supreme Court case Obergefell v. Hodges, legalizing marriage equality throughout the United States, was decided correctly.
Tonight, @SenKamalaHarris asked Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh about his opinion on Obergefell v. Hodges and if the case was decided correctly.— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) September 7, 2018
And he refused to answer her question.
We must #StopKavanaugh. pic.twitter.com/3OPCX29OdR
HRC blasted Mike Pence’s decision to speak at the Values Voter Summit in Washington, D.C., alongside numerous anti-LGBTQ+ extremists, notably Elizabeth Johnston, Dr. Paul McHugh, and Dr. Sebastian “Seb” Gorka, all known for their extremist advocacy against LGBTQ+ people.
Here's who @mike_pence will join at #VVS18:— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) September 22, 2018
❌Nazi-allied Sebastian Gorka: Has ties to the alt-right
❌”Conversion therapy” advocate Elizabeth Johnston: Said being gay is an "abomination"
❌Junk scientist Paul McHugh: Said trans people have a "mental disorder" #NotOurValues pic.twitter.com/01KJVwYtyY
HRC released a letter to DHS Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen calling on her to take action ensuring the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) addresses the alarming rate of reported sexual abuse that LGBTQ+ people face while in ICE detention.
LGBTQ people are 97 times more likely to report being sexually abused in @ICEgov detention than non-LGBTQ people in the same conditions.@HRC called on @SecNielsen to address this alarming trend. https://t.co/4AIfozBuGp— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) September 24, 2018
HRC responded to the U.S. Senate’s 50-48-1 confirmation vote of Brett Kavanaugh to the Supreme Court, despite his extreme record, multiple allegations of sexual assault, lying under oath, and a severe lack of transparency throughout the confirmation process.
HRC responded to an explosive New York Times report that the Trump-Pence administration intends to redefine “sex” to intentionally exclude LGBTQ+ people and their families from non-discrimination protections. According to the report, HHS is planning to release regulations narrowly defining “sex” in an anti-transgender way that guts enforcement of existing civil rights protections for LGBTQ+ people.
HRC responded to news that Trump’s Solicitor General, Noel Francisco, argued to the Supreme Court that civil rights protections banning sex discrimination in the workplace do not cover transgender employees, just days after the New York Times revealed the Trump-Pence White House is attempting to redefine “sex” across the federal government in order to justify their decision to refuse to protect transgender people under federal civil rights law.
HRC sent a FOIA to HHS for all records related to the Trump-Pence administration’s efforts to redefine the word “sex” in order to exclude transgender people from federal civil rights protections and enable discrimination against LGBTQ+ people in general.
HRC celebrated historic victories for HRC-endorsed LGBTQ+ candidates and pro-equality allies in key races across the nation. Dozens of HRC-backed candidates declared victory tonight, following 18 months of unprecedented engagement and voter mobilization in more than 70 congressional races and key state-level races from governor to state legislature in 23 states from coast-to-coast.
HRC responded to a new proposal from Education Secretary Betsy DeVos to change Title IX in a way that would suppress the voices of survivors of rape and sexual assault and make it easier for their perpetrators to get away with their actions.
HRC sent a FOIA request to the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) in response to news that the Trump-Pence White House and USDA Secretary Sonny Perdue are attacking LGBTQ+ youth by pressuring the national 4-H youth organization to rescind a policy welcoming LGBTQ+ participants.
In the face of unrelenting attacks from the Trump-Pence administration, HRC continues to call for support and protection of immigrants, asylum seekers and other vulnerable communities.
January 22, 2019
The Supreme Court declined to hear any cases challenging the Trump-Pence administration’s ban on transgender troops, and WILL ALLOW the administration to move forward with implementing this discriminatory policy.
HRC blasted the Trump-Pence administration’s proposed rule that could have a devastating impact on people living with HIV. This proposal would remove critical safeguards currently in place designed to ensure that people living with HIV and AIDS can access the medications they need. If this rule goes into effect it could result in the denial of coverage for life saving medications, including antiretrovirals.
HRC called out the Trump-Pence administration following reports that Trump would announce an intention to eliminate domestic HIV transmissions by 2030 during his State of the Union address, despite his administration’s ongoing record of undermining HIV and AIDS prevention, treatment and awareness.
HRC blasted Trump’s unprecedented and potentially unconstitutional move to declare a national emergency to fund a border wall. From revoking protections for more than a million Dreamers, including 75,000 LGBTQ+ young people, detaining tens of thousands of immigrants, making asylum claims almost impossible and separating thousands of children from their parents, the Trump-Pence Administration has harmed our country and violated the trust of the American people.
HRC responded to the Trump-Pence administration’s refusal to join more than 30 countries in calling for a thorough investigation into the ongoing anti-LGBTQ+ crimes against humanity occurring in the Russian republic of Chechnya. The United States refused to sign a joint statement issued by United Nations member nations calling for “a swift, thorough and impartial investigation into the alleged persecution,” and that those responsible be held accountable.
HRC lauded the bipartisan vote in the U.S. House opposing the Trump-Pence administration’s discriminatory ban on transgender service members and recruits. The resolution was sponsored by U.S. Representative Joseph Kennedy, III (D-MA), chair of the Congressional Transgender Equality Task Force.
One day ahead of the implementation of the Trump-Pence administration’s ban on transgender people serving in the military, HRC recommitted to fighting the dangerous and discriminatory policy until it is defeated once and for all.
The Trump-Pence administration's HHS announced a final version of a regulation that would allow medical providers to cite their personal beliefs in refusing to provide a broad spectrum of services — including lifesaving care for LGBTQ+ patients.
The Trump-Pence administration announced it would oppose the Equality Act, crucially important, bipartisan legislation that would provide comprehensive non-discrimination protections for LGBTQ+ people in key areas of life, including in employment, housing, public spaces, education, jury services, credit and federal funding.
The Trump-Pence administration’s HHS proposed a major change to the administrative rule interpreting Section 1557 of the ACA to remove explicit protections for LGBTQ+ people in healthcare programs and activities by excluding protections from discrimination based on sex stereotyping and gender identity.
A week following Donald Trump's tweets in support of LGBTQ+ people, his administration has prohibited U.S. embassies from publicly flying the rainbow Pride flag, a symbol of LGBTQ+ equality.
In a letter to Ben Carson, Senators demand the Department of Housing and Urban Development protect housing rights for transgender people in HUD-funded emergency and temporary homeless shelters.
With the launch of Trump’s 2020 presidential campaign, HRC highlights the horrific things he’s done to the LGBTQ+ community since taking office.
Tonight, Donald Trump will announce his 2020 re-election bid.— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) June 18, 2019
Here’s a reminder that since Trump & Pence took office 2+ years ago, LGBTQ people have been under constant attack by an administration hell-bent on ripping away our progress. #TrumpRallyOrlando https://t.co/OfJFGJgf3O
HRC joined our coalition partners in stopping the HHS from implementing a discriminatory proposal that would strip away explicit health care protections on the basis of gender identity, effectively targeting transgender and gender non-conforming people’s access to critical care.
Erasing LGBTQ protections is not only discriminatory, but against the public health and the mission of @HHSgov.— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) June 21, 2019
Join @HRC in flooding them with comments TODAY to shut down their discriminatory proposal. #ProtectOurHealth #ProtectTransHealth https://t.co/K5z5vACfFK
HRC submitted a comment against the Trump-Pence HHS proposed rule change that would abandon data collection on the sexual orientation of youth in foster care and foster and adoptive parents and guardians in the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System.
The Trump-Pence administration has time and time again attempted to undermine the rights and welfare of LGBTQ people. Read more about the administrations attacks on children and parents in the child welfare system. https://t.co/4cuYcO3aTt— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) June 23, 2019
Here are six signs that the Trump-Pence administration has pulled the U.S. away from its position as a leader on advancing human rights for LGBTQ+ people around the globe.
From Chechnya and Brunei to Egypt and Central America, the Trump-Pence White House and @SecPompeo's silence has been deafening when it comes to strongly condemning human rights violations targeting LGBTQ people. https://t.co/3sJmTn8vMS— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) July 12, 2019
HRC responded to the House passage of the Fiscal Year 2020 National Defense Authorization Act (NDAA). The NDAA includes an amendment offered by Rep. Jackie Speier (D-CA) that would codify non-discrimination protections in the military and end the ban on transgender military service.
The House passage of the #NDAA, which includes @RepSpeier’s amendment that would end the ban on transgender military service, sends a powerful message to trans service members that they have the country’s full support. #ProtectTransTroops https://t.co/iA3z7jtMLq— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) July 12, 2019
HRC announces that it -- along with a dozen coalition partners -- submitted over 120,000 public comments against the Trump-Pence administration’s proposed regulation to strip out protections for transgender patients and other marginalized communities in the Affordable Car Act, commonly known as Section 1557.
.@HRC joined our coalition partners to submit 120,000+ public comments against the Trump-Pence administration’s HHS proposal to strip out protections in the Affordable Care Act for trans patients & other marginalized communities. #ProtectOurHealth https://t.co/3MXGbCmBJI— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) August 14, 2019
HRC denounced a Trump-Pence administration proposal that would gut non-discrimination protections, including for LGBTQ+ people, by adding religious exemptions to President Obama’s 2014 executive order that prohibits discrimination in hiring by federal contractors on the basis of both sexual orientation and gender identity.
BREAKING: The Trump-Pence administration has announced a proposal that would rip massive holes in existing protections for LGBTQ employees of contractors and more. pic.twitter.com/lBKqxNOw9M— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) August 14, 2019
HRC condemned the Department of Justice’s brief submitted arguing that transgender people are not protected by Title VII’s prohibition on sex discrimination. This brief was submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court in the case EEOC v. Harris Funeral Homes.
“Our community will not be silent, and we will not be erased.” @HRC condemns Trump-Pence and @TheJusticeDept’s brief submitted arguing that transgender people are not protected by Title VII’s prohibition on sex discrimination. https://t.co/j5QBLfu8Ui pic.twitter.com/7UvEQWxVif— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) August 18, 2019
The latest proposal out of the Department of Labor attempts to gut protections for LGBTQ+ people, women and religious minorities by adding unprecedented religious exemptions to a historic executive order prohibiting discrimination against the employees of federal contractors and subcontractors.
1 in 4 Americans works for a federal contractor. If Trump and Pence’s proposed @USDOL regulation becomes permanent, employees of federal contractors could see their protections eviscerated in an instant.— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) August 25, 2019
Join @HRC to shut down this proposal TODAY. https://t.co/VKRogXIG5A pic.twitter.com/pEfQmUBnTO
HRC announced that it submitted more than 10,000 public comments against the Trump-Pence administration’s proposed regulation that would gut nondiscrimination protections — including for LGBTQ+ people.
.@HRC thanks our members and supporters who joined us to submit more than 10,000 public comments on the Trump-Pence administration’s proposed attacks on LGBTQ federal contract workers. #ProtectAllWorkers https://t.co/zpxqa0oQgA— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) September 20, 2019
The Washington Post reported that Ben Carson made dismissive comments to staff about transgender people during a recent visit HUD’s San Francisco office. In a year that has already witnessed the untimely deaths of 19 trans people, including 18 of them being Black trans women, Carson’s efforts to dehumanize the most vulnerable among us only continues to make this epidemic even worse.
This is what Trump's cabinet officials do. @SecretaryCarson has spent his political career expressing disgust toward the existence of trans people. From day 1, this administration has made it clear that the cruelty of their words & actions is the point. https://t.co/LB4TzDbEvZ— Alphonso David (@AlphonsoDavid) September 20, 2019
Trump addressed the United Nations General Assembly and spoke on his administration’s work to stop the criminalization of homosexuality in countries around the world. The Trump-Pence administration has made little effort and instead continues to dismantle LGBTQ+ rights in the U.S. and attack the community through federal policy.
Donald Trump has no credibility to speak about LGBTQ rights abroad when he has done so much to damage them here at home, from banning trans people from the military to cruelly proposing that medical providers can deny care to LGBTQ patients based on personal beliefs. #UNGA https://t.co/aJ1olTEztM— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC)
In oral arguments for Bostock v. Clayton County, Georgia, the Trump administration argued that employers should be able to fire LGBTQ people because of sexual orientation or gender identity.
As National Adoption Month began, the Trump-Pence administration issued a federal regulation stripping away nondiscrimination protections and permitting Department of Health and Human Services grant recipients - notably adoption and foster care agencies - to discriminate against LGBTQ+ people and still receive federal funding.
Truly shameful. Providing care for children in the foster care system is critically important, yet the Trump-Pence administration is prioritizing advancing discrimination over the wellbeing of vulnerable people. https://t.co/7jyi4ubyON— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC)
Former Florida District Attorney Pam Bondi joined the Trump-Pence administration, perpetuating a culture of anti-LGBTQ+ personnel hiring practices by the administration. Bondi attempted to fight against a same-sex marriage ruling by a federal judge and ended up costing state taxpayers $500,000.
1/ Pam Bondi, who has one of the most anti-equality records of any state attorney general in recent history, makes clear that being anti-LGBTQ is not a dealbreaker for the Trump-Pence administration. https://t.co/DkhdefpVhF— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC)
Department of Justice Pride, representing the thousands of LGBTQ+ employees at the DOJ, penned a letter to Attorney General Barr criticizing the administration’s attempt to strip protections from LGBTQ+ employees under the Civil Rights Act.
In the midst of the Trump-Pence White House arguing that LGBTQ employment protections should be stripped from Title VII, LGBTQ employees at DOJ have written to Attorney General Barr with grave concerns about their jobs. https://t.co/01JSEkkI6x— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) November 26, 2019
HRC called on Donald Trump Jr. to issue an apology for his offensive tweet targeting those living with HIV & AIDS. HRC further asked the Trump-Pence administration to invest in the programs and resources needed to improve HIV & AIDS treatment in the U.S.
Donald Trump Jr.’s disgusting and ignorant tweet only serves to perpetuate stigma and proves again what we already knew -- that he, his father and the Trump-Pence administration don’t care about people living with HIV. https://t.co/vRJvJWZpvt— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC)
The Trump-Pence administration, alongside the Hungarian and Brazilian governments, worked to organize a conference featuring well-known promoters of anti-LGBTQ+ policies.
🚨🚨 This week, the Hungarian and Brazilian governments, alongside the Trump-Pence administration, are organizing a conference with well-known promoters of anti-LGBTQ policies.🚨🚨 https://t.co/yuREb76JSs— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC)
HRC joined fellow advocacy groups in calling for the withdrawal of Lawrence VanDyke’s nomination to the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals. VanDyke, former Solicitor General of both Nevada and Montana, has a record of extremist anti-LGBTQ+ rhetoric and actions.
HRC announced its support for the formal impeachment of President Trump after Speaker Nancy Pelosi endorsed a formal impeachment inquiry.
Earlier this year, @HRC endorsed a formal impeachment inquiry announced by Speaker Nancy Pelosi.— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC)
Today, HRC announced its support for the formal impeachment of Donald Trump.
HRC President @AlphonsoDavid released this statement: https://t.co/9jGD0nqUK6 pic.twitter.com/rAGDpp3SEP
The Interior Department deleted “sexual orientation” from its anti-discrimination guidelines, joining a growing list of federal departments and agencies that have rolled back LGBTQ+ protections since President Trump took office.
🚨Yet again, the Trump-Pence administration is attempting to erase LGBTQ people from federal programs and protections.🚨— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC)
Our message is this: You cannot erase us.https://t.co/Tavh2Tab5C
The Trump-Pence administration issued eight proposed rules revising regulations that guide the participation of faith-based organizations as service providers of federally funded programs. These new rules would undercut LGBTQ+ rights and allow for greater discrimination.
This announcement is the latest effort in a three-year campaign by the Trump-Pence administration to sanction discrimination against LGBTQ people under the guise of religion. https://t.co/zvrIDSy8vP— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC)
The Trump-Pence administration filed a statement regarding an ongoing Connecticut court case and made the claim that transgender girls are “biological males” and not protected under Title IX.
The Trump-Pence administration is once again attacking the trans community and reaffirming its dangerous stance towards LGBTQ people. We will continue to fight so all transgender people - especially trans youth - are treated fairly in every part of society. https://t.co/KTmoTmR88B— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC)
Amid the COVID-19 pandemic, the Trump-Pence administration refused to reopen the Affordable Care Act online marketplace to those whose health insurance was impacted by the crisis. This decision impacts the more than 20 million Americans and almost one-in-five LGBTQ+ people lacking health coverage.
Despite millions of Americans living without health insurance during the #COVID19 pandemic, the Trump-Pence administration has decided against reopening the Affordable Care Act's marketplace to new customers. https://t.co/5mAislAdg2— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC)
The Department of Health and Human Services submitted a final rule that would abandon data collection on the sexual orientation of youth in foster care and foster and adoptive parents and guardians in the Adoption and Foster Care Analysis and Reporting System (AFCARS). This rule would undermine the welfare of LGBTQ+ youth in foster care.
The Trump-Pence administration is once again trying to harm some of the most vulnerable in our community through discriminatory rules. LGBTQ youth in foster care and families deserve better than this. https://t.co/3EZKhFtt6S— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC)
Trump announced Jenna Ellis, an anti-LGBTQ+ extremist, would be added to his re-election campaign. Ellis is just one of the many anti-LGBTQ+ people Trump has surrounded himself with throughout his presidency.
Trump is once again surrounding himself with anti-LGBTQ extremists working to undermine the rights and welfare of our community. @HRC President @AlphonsoDavid released the below statement regarding Trump campaign aide Jenna Ellis. https://t.co/DDyLFfDLfK pic.twitter.com/x1BdtdXqsT— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC)
The Trump-Pence administration formally published a rule designed to roll back critical civil rights protections in the implementation of Section 1557 of the Affordable Care Act (ACA), which protects from discrimination based on sex stereotyping and gender identity. HRC filed a lawsuit against the administration in response to the rule. A temporary injunction was granted against the rule pending a final determination in HRC’s lawsuit against the Trump-Pence administration’s actions.
Since Trump was sworn into office, our nation’s federal courts have halted his draconian and illegal executive actions from being implemented, while millions of people across the country have become more politically engaged, standing up against hate and bigotry.
But Trump is a bully and so is his administration. He will do everything in his power to tear back the progress made under former President Obama, including rolling back and undermining laws that help the LGBTQ+ community and other minority groups.
HRC will continue to stand up against Trump. We will join other civil rights organizations and remain vigilant in holding Trump and his administration accountable at every turn.