Trump's Timeline of
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 his first year in office, you haven’t stayed silent. Whether he meant to or not, Donald Trump has awakened a sleeping giant. Never before have Americans been more eager to participate, to advocate and to fight back. And 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 Trump and his administration.
January 20, 2017
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.HumanRightsCampaign@HRC
Trump signed an executive order stating policy to repeal the Affordable Care Act (ACA) -- landmark legislation that provides access to healthcare for millions of LGBTQ people.President Trump@POTUSJanuary 21, 2017
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.HumanRightsCampaign@HRCHumanRightsCampaign@HRCJanuary 23, 2017
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.HumanRightsCampaign@HRCJanuary 25, 2017
Trump signed an executive order directing the Department of Homeland Security 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.HumanRightsCampaign@HRC
Attacks today by President Trump on immigrants and refugees are a direct assault on America’s most fundamental values.– HRC President Chad GriffinJanuary 27, 2017
Trump signed a cruel executive order blocking Syrian refugees from entering the U.S., refusing entry to all refugees from resettlement for 120 days and prohibiting nationals of seven predominantly Muslim countries from entering the country for 90 days. The national outcry erupted immediately as protesters descended upon airports, courtrooms and government buildings from across the country.January 30, 2017
Rumors leaked on an impending announcement of Trump’s plan to roll-back President Obama’s executive order extending protections for LGBTQ federal workers.January 31, 2017
Trump nominated Judge Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court. Gorsuch has a long and troubling career opposing civil rights, including for LGBTQ people. Given this record, HRC took the extraordinary step of opposing this Supreme Court nominee before his hearing -- a first for the organization.HumanRightsCampaign@HRCFebruary 07, 2017HumanRightsCampaign@HRC
LESS THAN 1 HR left before today's vote on Trump's anti-LGBTQ Education Sec nominee. Call your Senators ASAP to oppose DeVos! → 202-224-3121— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) February 7, 2017
Vice President Pence cast the tie-breaking vote to confirm Betsy DeVos as Secretary of Education, after all Democratic Senators and two Republican Senators voted against her confirmation. DeVos' family foundation funded major anti-LGBTQ orgnazations and campaigns. Her anti-equality record was denounced by major civil rights organizations, including HRC, which actively worked to stop her confirmation.Sarah McBride@SarahEMcBride
On a party line vote, Senate Republicans vote to confirm Jeff Sessions as the U.S. Attorney General. HRC and civil rights organization across the country protested Sessions anti-equality record from when he served as Alabama’s Attorney General and as a U.S. Senator.February 08, 2017
Sessions' very public record of hostility towards the LGBTQ community and federal legislation designed to protect vulnerable Americans makes it nearly impossible to believe that he will vigorously enforce this statute that he worked so hard to defeat.– Judy Shepard, mother of Matthew Shepard who was murdered by a hate crimeHumanRightsCampaign@HRCFebruary 10, 2017
The Senate confirmed anti-equality Tom Price as U.S. Secretary of Health and Human Services (HHS), who has spent years in Congress trying to repeal the ACA and opposing every LGBTQ equality measure.February 15, 2017
The Trump Administration received hundreds of letters from the parents of transgender children in opposition to the rescinding of protections for transgender students.
More than 12,000 HRC supporters took action to protect trans kids by calling Congress, signing a letter to our elected leaders or attending a rally.HumanRightsCampaign@HRCFebruary 22, 2017
Under the direction of Sessions and DeVos, the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education revoked the Obama Administration’s guidance detailing school protections for transgender students under Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972.HumanRightsCampaign@HRCHumanRightsCampaign@HRC
Transgender students must know that they are not alone and we are with them in this fight. They matter and they are loved just the way they are.March 02, 2017
The Senate confirmed equality opponent Ben Carson as Secretary of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). Carson has made clear he opposes equality for LGBTQ people. His harmful rhetoric has included equating marriage equality with bestiality, opposed laws that protect LGBTQ Americans from discrimination, suggested transgender people be required to use separate bathrooms, and joked that same-sex couples might have their wedding cakes poisoned by anti-equality bakers.March 06, 2017
After the Trump administration decided not to protect transgender students, the Supreme Court sent Gavin Grimm's case back to the Fourth Circuit Court of Appeals. That means transgender students have to wait at least another year for the Supreme Court to affirm their basic rights.HumanRightsCampaign@HRC
After multiple federal judges blocked his travel ban, Trump signed a new version, just as bad as the first. HRC condemned Trump’s second ban, which vilified the Muslim community and created a threat to countless refugees -- including thousands of LGBTQ refugees fleeing violence and persecution.
The intent of Trump's executive order targeting refugees and Muslims remains the same -- he has simply changed the wrapping paper.– JoDee Winterhof, HRC Senior Vice President of Policy and Political Affairs
MUST WATCH: The heartbreaking story of an LGBTQ couple separated by Donald Trump's discriminatory travel ban.March 08, 2017
Congress began drafting a bill to repeal the ACA. HRC sent a letter opposing the ACA to members of congress, raising concerns repealing the ACA would have a negative impact on communities facing discrimination and health care disparities, including LGBTQ people.March 09, 2017
Hundreds of HRC activists met with members of Congress on Capitol Hill to encourage them to support issues from preserving the ACA, opposing Gorsuch’s Supreme Court nomination and passing the Equality Act -- crucial concerns to the LGBTQ community.Anne Klingeberger@region_rant
More than 40,000 HRC supporters spoke out against Judge Gorsuch’s dangerous record.HumanRightsCampaign@HRCMarch 10, 2017
Trump’s HUD -- led by anti-LGBTQ proponent Secretary Ben Carson -- took two steps backwards on protecting LGBTQ people. First, they withdrew a requirement for emergency shelters receiving HUD funding to post information about LGBTQ people’s rights to access the shelter safely and in accordance with their gender identity. Then, they withdrew critical data collection and evaluation guidelines for a homelessness prevention initiative targeting LGBTQ youth.March 15, 2017
In another victory for human rights groups and a blow to Trump, a U.S. district judge issued a nationwide emergency halt on the revised travel ban just one day before it was suppose to go into effect after several refugee and civil rights groups filed sued in court.March 20, 2017
Trump’s HHS changed two surveys of older Americans, removing a question about sexual orientation. The department uses the National Survey of Older Americans Act Participants (NSOAAP) to decide how to provide federal funding to groups working with the elderly, and removing the sexual orientation question was the only change made to the survey.HumanRightsCampaign@HRCMarch 23, 2017
HRC Legal Director Sarah Warbelow testified before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Trump Supreme Court nominee Neil Gorsuch. In her testimony, Sarah detailed Gorsuch’s long and troubling career opposing civil rights, including for LGBTQ people.HumanRightsCampaign@HRCChad Griffin@ChadHGriffin
Very disappointed Gorsuch was confirmed today, but thankful to our Senate Dems who stood strong and voted against him.— Chad Griffin (@ChadHGriffin) April 7, 2017
HRC and other organizations alarmed by his anti-equality record rallied on Capitol Hill, protesting his nomination. But Senate Republicans cynically changed the rules and bypassed the historic 60-vote threshold to confirm Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.
March 24, 2017
After failing to secure enough votes, House Speaker Paul Ryan indefinitely postponed the a vote to the repeal and replace the Affordable Care Act (ACA) with legislation that would have eliminated health care coverage for 24 million Americans. Republicans’ failure to pass the American Health Care Act was a victory for millions of LGBTQ people who depend on the ACA to get their health care.HumanRightsCampaign@HRC
While the nation focused on “TrumpCare,” the White House quietly appointed right-wing extremist Roger Severino to serve as Director of the Office for Civil Rights (OCR) at the HHS. Severino served as Director of the DeVos Center for Religion and Civil Society for the Heritage Foundation where he wrote scathing opinions on transgender issues, abortion rights, and gay marriage.March 28, 2017
The Trump Administration quietly killed a plan to collect data regarding sexual orientation and gender identity from the American Community Survey conducted by the Census Bureau. This was Trump’s latest move to erase LGBTQ people from federal surveys and disrupt programs providing direct assistance to the LGBTQ community.HumanRightsCampaign@HRCHumanRightsCampaign@HRCMarch 29, 2017
In a major victory for human rights groups, a federal judge extended an order blocking Trump's Muslim Ban, citing evidence of a religious objective that would be in violation of the Constitution. HRC had strongly condemned Trump's second Muslim ban for needlessly and shamefully vilifying the Muslim community.April 01, 2017
Trump nominated anti-LGBTQ extremist Mark Green as the next U.S. Secretary of the Army. If confirmed, he would succeed Eric Fanning, who made history as the first openly gay person to lead a branch of the U.S. military. As a Tennessee state senator, he supported allowing businesses to discriminate, encouraged his state to defy the Supreme Court by denying marriage licenses to same-sex couples following the Obergefell v. Hodges case, and called being transgender a "disease".Chad Griffin@ChadHGriffin
1st openly gay Army Sec. shouldn't be followed by an anti-LGBTQ leader. Army deserves better.
Putting Mark Green in charge of the U.S. Army would send an incredibly dangerous message down the chain of command.– Stephen Peters, HRC Campaign Spokesman
Mark Green is one of the most anti-LGBTQ politicians in the nation, and putting him in charge of the Army would send a dangerous message down the chain of command.
Today’s ruling is a monumental victory for fairness in the workplace, and for the dignity of lesbian, gay and bisexual Americans who may live in fear of losing their job based on whom they love.– Sarah Warbelow, HRC Legal DirectorHumanRightsCampaign@HRC
Federal appeals court finds that Title VII of the Civil Rights Act includes protections based on sexual orientation https://t.co/cttI79hQekApril 12, 2017
Secretary 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."HumanRightsCampaign@HRCHumanRightsCampaign@HRCMay 02, 2017
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. The slate of 92 companies endorsing the Equality Act have combined operations in all 50 states, headquarters spanning 23 states, and collectively generate $2.6 trillion in revenue.HumanRightsCampaign@HRC
Today, in a majority of U.S. states (31), LGBTQ people remain at risk of being fired, evicted or denied services because of who they are. It’s time for a comprehensive federal LGBTQ non-discrimination law.May 04, 2017
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.
This order is incredibly alarming, particularly for millions of LGBTQ people and women across the nation who are among those most frequently subjected to discrimination under the guise of religion.– HRC Legal Director Sarah Warbelow
Chad Griffin at a Rally to Oppose Trump's Anti LGBTQ Executive Order
House Republicans passed the American Health Care Act (AHCA), making Trump and his allies in Congress one step closer to ripping away healthcare from millions of Americans, including low-income, senior citizens, women, children, LGBTQ people and people living with a pre-existing condition like cancer or HIV. HRC condemned AHCA’s passage and urged the Senate to reject the bill.HumanRightsCampaign@HRC
The Senate must protect the health coverage of millions of Americans & defeat the #AHCA.HumanRightsCampaign@HumanRightsCampaign
Now that the House has passed the American Health Care Act, President Trump and his allies in Congress are one step closer to ripping away care from millions of people, with a particularly devastating impact on low-income senior citizens, women, children, #LGBTQ people, and people living with #HIV. HRC is out protesting on Capitol Hill. Check out our story for more. #AHCA #VoteNoAHCA #Health #Healthcare #ACAMay 05, 2017
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.HumanRightsCampaign@HRC
Thanks to your determination to do what’s right, we just stopped Mark Green’s nomination and protected LGBTQ service members everywhere.May 09, 2017
In a surprising announcement that shocked the nation, Trump fired FBI Director James Comey -- the man who was leading the investigation into Trump’s ties to Russia. HRC called for a special prosecutor to lead a fully independent investigation into the Russia probe.
There is no time for delay in appointing a special prosecutor. Our democracy depends on it. We've been down a similar path before. Congress must put patriotism before party and do what's right for the country.– HRC President Chad GriffinMay 15, 2017
The Trump administration announced it would be re-implementing and expanding the “Global Gag Rule” (GGR), which stops any U.S. aid to foreign non-governmental organizations (NGOs) that provide abortion information, referrals or services. The expansion of GGR will now impact all U.S. international health funding, including for children’s health, HIV/AIDS, malaria, and tuberculosis. HRC joined 137 other organizations in a coalition statement opposing the global gag rule.HumanRightsCampaign@HRCMay 23, 2017
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.HumanRightsCampaign@HRCMay 24, 2017
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.C-SPAN@CSPAN
Congresswoman Katherine Clark to Betsy DeVos: “I am shocked that you cannot come up with one example of discrimination that you would stand up for students.”
I am shocked that you cannot come up with one example of discrimination that you would stand up for students.– Congresswoman Katherine Clark to Betsy DeVos
While Trump remains silent on the brutal atrocities happening to gay and bisexual men in Chechnya, the House Foreign Affairs Committee passed House Resolution 351 condemning the violence and persecution of LGBTQ people in the Russian Republic.June 01, 2017
Today marked the beginning of Pride Month, an annual celebration marking the progress of the LGBTQ movement. Former President Barack Obama embraced the tradition during his two terms in office, Trump remained silent on the issue -- despite proclaiming during the election that he would do everything to protect LGBTQ people.June 15, 2017
The U.S. Department of Commerce reversed its decision to exclude sexual orientation and gender identity in its 2017 Equal Employment Opportunity (EEO) statement after BuzzFeed first reported on the slap to LGBTQ federal employees, and HRC called on the Administration to restore the protections.HumanRightsCampaign@HRCJune 16, 2017
In an alarming oped 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) write about leaving over the Trump Administration’s complacency in fighting the HIV epidemic.HumanRightsCampaign@HRCJune 22, 2017
Senate Republican leadership released their shameful, secretive proposal to rip health coverage from millions of Americans by repealing the ACA. HRC strongly condemned the legislation to undermine access to health care for as many as 23 million Americans. If passed, the bill would have a disproportionately negative impact on LGBTQ people.HumanRightsCampaign@HRCJune 30, 2017
Secretary of Defense James Mattis’ delayed by six months the implementation of the final piece of a policy that allowed qualified transgender people to serve in the armed forces. While transgender service members serve openly today thanks to a change implemented last year under the Obama administration, a final piece of the policy that would have allow qualified transgender people to enter the military has yet to go into effect.
Each day that passes without the policy in place restricts the armed forces’ ability to recruit the best and the brightest, regardless of gender identity.– HRC National Press Secretary Stephen PetersJuly 26, 2017
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.HumanRightsCampaign@HRC
Trump’s move to reinstate a ban on qualified trans people serving in the military is dangerous. #ProtectTransTroopsChad Griffin@ChadHGriffin
15,000+ transgender Americans are already bravely serving our country. By attacking them, @realdonaldtrump is undermining our military.
HRC, the National Center for Transgender Equality, and members of Congress from both sides of the aisle held a press conference in response to Trump’s dangerous move to reinstate a ban on qualified transgender people serving in the military.Human Rights Campaign@HumanRightsCampaign
BREAKING: The Human Rights Campaign, the National Center for Transgender Equality, and members of Congress from both sides of the aisle are holding a press conference in response to Donald Trump’s dangerous move to reinstate a ban on qualified transgender people serving in the military. His reprehensible and unpatriotic action could result in the discharge of more than 15,000 transgender Americans currently serving our country at this critical time.
HRC President issued call to action to resist Trump’s discriminatory trans military ban.
President Trump’s reprehensible and unpatriotic action could result in the discharge of more than 15,000 transgender Americans currently serving our country at this critical time.
Today, Donald Trump has proven himself to be as unpatriotic as he is unfit to serve as commander in chief.– HRC President Chad Griffin
On the same day Trump’s decided to ban trans service members from the military, DOJ asserts that our nation’s civil rights laws do not apply to lesbian, gay and bisexual people.HumanRightsCampaign@HRC
In one fell swoop, Trump’s DOJ has provided a roadmap for dismantling years of federal protections and declared that lesbian, gay, and bisexual people may no longer be protected by landmark civil rights laws such as the Fair Housing Act, Title IX, or Title VII.– HRC Legal Director Sarah WarbelowJuly 28, 2017
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.Chad Griffin@ChadHGriffinAugust 01, 2017
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.HumanRightsCampaign@HRCHumanRightsCampaign@HRCAugust 14, 2017
In the immediate aftermath of the white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, HRC joined civil rights groups condemning the violence and urged Congress to establish a committee to address hate crimes and white nationalism. Moreover, HRC President Chad Griffin joined major civil rights and faith leaders in a unified call for Trump to personally and directly disavow white supremacists and the act of domestic terrorism in Charlottesville. Days following the protests, Trump refused to condemn the heinous acts by white supremacists, blaming “both sides” for the violence.HumanRightsCampaign@HRCAugust 25, 2017
Trump pardons racist, anti-immigrant, anti-LGBTQ disgraced former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio. During his tenure, he has attacked nearly every marginalized community, including using anti-LGBTQ schemes to humiliate inmates at his ‘Tent City’ prison. By pardoning Arpaio, Trump is again aligning himself with his nationalist, racist, anti-LGBTQ supporters.HumanRightsCampaign@HRC
As seen tonight w/pardon of racist, anti-immigrant,anti-LGBTQ Joe Arpaio, Trump-Pence continue to push dangerous, hateful vision for America— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) August 26, 2017August 28, 2017
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.HumanRightsCampaign@HRC
Our military is stronger when any qualified American willing to defend our country is able to serve, regardless of their gender identity.– HRC National Press Secretary Sarah McBrideAugust 29, 2017
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.HumanRightsCampaign@HRCSeptember 05, 2017
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.HumanRightsCampaign@HRC
Students, with bright futures ahead of them, ready to help make our country truly great, will be sent back to places they don’t remember, breaking families apart and setting our country back immeasurably.– HRC’s Director of Outreach and Engagement Alejandro AvilésSeptember 07, 2017
The Trump-Pence administration nominated anti-LGBTQ extremist Jeff Mateer to serve as a District Judge on the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Texas. Mateer viciously attacks transgender children, openly embraced Mike Pence’s license-to-discriminate law in Indiana, and has repeatedly opposed anti-discrimination protections throughout his career. HRC spotlighted four other anti-LGBTQ judicial nominees by the Trump-Pence administration.HumanRightsCampaign@HRCSeptember 11, 2017
Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Susan Collins (R-ME), John McCain (R-AZ), and Jack Reed (D-RI) announced the introduction of legislation to protect currently-serving transgender service members from being discharged.HumanRightsCampaign@HRC
Since Donald Trump announced his cruel and discriminatory ban on transgender service members, a bipartisan chorus of Americans and members of Congress have made loud and clear that our nation must protect transgender troops.– HRC National Press Secretary Sarah McBrideSeptember 12, 2017
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.
This same day, the DOJ files a brief arguing that a Colorado baker has a constitutionally protected right to refuse service to same-sex couples.September 23, 2017
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.HumanRightsCampaign@HRC
In an HRC Twitter takeover, campus sexual assault survivor Jordan Dashow, HRC’s policy coordinator, detailed the importance of Title IX guidance to survivors of sexual violence -- including and especially LGBTQ survivors like him.HumanRightsCampaign@HRCOctober 05, 2017
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.HumanRightsCampaign@HRC
Yet again, the Trump-Pence administration continues to unleash shameful attacks against the transgender community in an effort to promote their disgusting agenda of hate.– HRC Legal Director Sarah Warbelow, HRC Legal DirectorOctober 06, 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.HumanRightsCampaign@HRC
This #LicensetoDiscriminate will further Trump's hateful agenda & enable systematic, government-wide discrimination.October 13, 2017
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. The legislation was introduced by Representatives Jackie Speier (D-CA), Charlie Dent (R-PA), Susan Davis (D-CA), Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), Adam Smith (D-WA), and Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ).
Transgender troops serve this nation with distinction and honor, and President Trump’s unpatriotic attack on their service is unconscionable.– HRC National Press Secretary Stephen PetersOctober 16, 2017
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.HumanRightsCampaign@HRC
Referring to #LGBTQ people, Donald Trump joked Mike Pence wants to "hang them all." That's not funny, that's evil.
It's disturbing and sickening that Donald Trump would 'joke' about Mike Pence wanting to 'hang them all' in reference to LGBTQ people. Hate violence is tragically still a fact of life for LGBTQ people across this country, even without Donald Trump and Mike Pence helping to fan the flames.– HRC President Chad Griffin
Just hours after The New Yorker piece was released, Trump declined to disavow the anti-LGBTQ, anti-Muslim rhetoric of Alabama Republican Senate candidate Roy Moore. During a White House press conference, Trump dodged the question about Moore’s clear lack of fitness to serve, saying only, “I'll be meeting with him next week.”Chad Griffin@ChadHGriffinOctober 30, 2017
A U.S. federal judge blocks Trump-Pence administration’s unconstitutional ban on military service by transgender troops in the case brought by NCLR and GLAD.HumanRightsCampaign@HRC
Today’s preliminary injunction is an important step in the ongoing efforts to protect transgender service members from the dangerous and discriminatory policies of Donald Trump and Mike Pence.– HRC Legal Director Sarah WarbelowOctober 31, 2017
HRC hailed the U.S. Senate’s passage of a resolution condemning the violence and persecution against LGBTQ people in Chechnya. The Senate adopted the resolution by voice vote after the Senate Foreign Relations Committee unanimously passed a bipartisan measure in earlier this month. 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.HumanRightsCampaign@HRCNovember 03, 2017
In a letter to Secretary Tillerson, HRC President Chad Griffin addressed the growing attacks against the LGBTQ community around the world and called on Tillerson to speak out against the anti-LGBTQ human rights abuses occurring in Egypt, Chechnya, Bangladesh, Indonesia, Georgia, Tanzania, Azerbaijan, and Tajikistan. To date, neither Trump nor Tillerson have publicly condemned the atrocities.HumanRightsCampaign@HRC
Secretary Tillerson’s silence on anti-LGBTQ attacks around the globe must end. Lives are at stake.HumanRightsCampaign@HRCNovember 21, 2017
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.HumanRightsCampaign@HRC
The third case, filed by Lambda Legal and OutServe-SLDN, was brought in Seattle on behalf of two individuals who seek to join the military and one current service member who seeks appointment as an officer; as well as HRC; the American Military Partner Association (AMPA); and Gender Justice League, a gender and sexuality civil and human rights organization headquartered in Seattle.HumanRightsCampaign@HRC
Today @HRC joined @LambdaLegal & @OutServeSLDN at the U.S. District Court for the Western District of Washington to urge the Court to impose a halt on implementation of the Trump administration’s effort to ban #transgender people from serving openly in the U.S. Armed Services. pic.twitter.com/29orZ3IMu3— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) November 21, 2017December 01, 2017
Trump issued a proclamation for World AIDS Day, failing to mention high-risk communities, including the LGBTQ people and people of color. And, in keeping with the Trump-Pence Administration’s failure to lead on global health and human rights, Secretary Tillerson cancelled planned remarks about World AIDS Day amidst swirling rumors he is being ousted.HumanRightsCampaign@HRC
.@realDonaldTrump issued a proclamation for #WorldAIDSDay, failing to mention high-risk communities, including #LGBTQ people and people of color. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson also cancelled planned remarks about World AIDS Day. https://t.co/0BAN2gDcZm— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) December 1, 2017December 02, 2017
In the early morning hours, Senate Republicans passed the Trump-Pence “tax” scheme bill that includes provisions to undermine the ACA and threatens programs critical to LGBTQ people. The Senate version of the bill repeals the program’s individual mandate that could result in 13 million people leaving the insurance market, causing premiums to soar and leave millions more priced out of access to healthcare. Furthermore, the revenue losses triggered by the bill are likely to result in future spending cuts to critical health programs like Medicare, Medicaid, global HIV/AIDS programs, the Ryan White Care Act, and other essential domestic discretionary programs.December 04, 2017
Trump unequivocally endorsed anti-LGBTQ sexual predator Roy Moore for the U.S. Senate. Trump also tweeted his opposition to Doug Jones, cementing his endorsement of Moore, the disgraced former Alabama judge and child molester. While Moore has spent his entire life acting as though he is above the law, Jones has spent his life upholding the law and the rights of all people. HRC has proudly endorsed Jones, the pro-equality leader Alabamians deserve.December 05, 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. The shameful announcement came shortly after the U.S. Supreme Court heard oral arguments in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case in which a baker turned away a same-sex couple. The case, which will be decided by next June, will either protect the fundamental equality of LGBTQ people — or it could set a dangerous precedent giving businesses a license to discriminate.Chad Griffin@ChadHGriffin
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
At its core, this case is a cynical effort to manipulate the First Amendment in order to provide a license to discriminate against LGBTQ people and our families.– HRC President Chad GriffinDecember 11, 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.HumanRightsCampaign@HRCDecember 13, 2017
HRC claimed victory as Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley announced that Jeff Mateer, a radical anti-LGBTQ judicial nominee, would not be confirmed for a seat on the federal bench. For months, HRC worked diligently to expose his shameful anti-LGBTQ rhetoric and the danger his nomination posed to our judicial system.HumanRightsCampaign@HRC
BREAKING: Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Chuck Grassley announced that Jeff Mateer, a radical anti-#LGBTQ judicial nominee, would not be confirmed for a seat on the federal bench. @HRC spent months campaigning to #StopJeffMateer. https://t.co/tAYLhiaB44— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) December 13, 2017
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 partnered with artist Robin Bell (@bellvisuals) to project every ‘banned word’ across the front of Trump’s DC Hotel. Our display concludes with a declaration from the #LGBTQ community: “we will not be erased.” pic.twitter.com/DZ4qhABQkz— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) December 20, 2017HumanRightsCampaign@HRCHumanRightsCampaign@HRC
.@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— HumanRightsCampaign (@HRC) December 20, 2017December 22, 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.Chad Griffin@ChadHGriffin
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.December 27, 2017
In yet another attack on LGBTQ health, Trump fires remaining members of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS (PACHA). Over the summer, six members resigned over the Trump Administration’s complacency in fighting the HIV epidemic.January 18, 2018
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.HumanRightsCampaign@HRCJanuary 24, 2018
The Senate confirmed Kansas Governor Sam Brownback for Ambassador-at-Large for International Religious Freedom. Vice President Mike Pence cast the tie-breaking vote after Brownback’s nomination failed to earn a majority of votes in the Senate. Brownback now joins the ranks of other anti-LGBTQ nominees put forward by the Trump-Pence Administration.HumanRightsCampaign@HRCFebruary 01, 2018
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.HumanRightsCampaign@HRC
As the administration unleashes a torrent of attacks on the LGBTQ community here at home, it is also abandoning LGBTQ people around the world. We are in desperate need of leadership that will advance America’s commitment to LGBTQ human rights in the U.S. and abroad.– HRC Global Director Ty CobbFebruary 07, 2018
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. The letter, signed by parents from 47 states and Washington, D.C., was organized by HRC and its Parents for Transgender Equality Council, a coalition of the nation’s leading parent-advocates working for equality and fairness for transgender people.HumanRightsCampaign@HRCFebruary 12, 2018
The Trump-Pence administration released a dangerous and irresponsible budget that showed a callous disregard for critical programs that would impact LGBTQ Americans. The proposal included the elimination or slashing of programs related to the Affordable Care Act, HIV/AIDS, and international humanitarian projects, which are a direct threat to the safety and well-being of LGBTQ people in the U.S. and around the world. HRC has called on Congress to reject these harmful proposals.HumanRightsCampaign@HRC
The Trump-Pence budget released today shows a callous disregard for critical programs that impact #LGBTQ Americans, including the Affordable Care Act,— Human Rights Campaign (@HRC) February 12, 2018
domestic and global #HIV & AIDS programs, and international humanitarian projects. https://t.co/kFWlhMdGOi
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.HumanRightsCampaign@HRC
Once again, Secretary DeVos proves she is not interested in protecting transgender students and instead is choosing to advance the dangerous Trump-Pence anti-LGBTQ agenda.– HRC Legal Director Sarah WarbelowMarch 01, 2018
HRC, Lambda Legal, OutServe-SLDN, the American Military Partner Association, and Gender Justice League unveiled 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.HumanRightsCampaign@HRC
.@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, 2018March 02, 2018
HRC continued calls for the Trump-Pence administration to withdraw its nomination of Gordon Giampietro, an anti-LGBTQ extremist recently nominated to the U.S. District Court for the Eastern District of Wisconsin. HRC released a video highlighting abhorrent comments Giampietro made during radio interviews that previously went undisclosed to Wisconsin’s judicial nominating committee.HumanRightsCampaign@HRCMarch 07, 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 key phrases removed include, “strong, sustainable, inclusive communities and quality affordable homes for all” and “inclusive and sustainable communities free from discrimination.”HumanRightsCampaign@HRC
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."
This is another effort by the Trump-Pence Administration and Secretary Carson to erase LGBTQ people and other marginalized communities from key protections and language across agencies.– Sarah Warbelow, HRC Legal Affairs DirectorMarch 08, 2018