January 31, 2017

NEW YORK — The White House yesterday sought to distance itself from rumors of an impending anti-LGBT Executive order, pledging to continue to enforce a 2014 Obama Administration order that enshrines nondiscrimination protections for LGBT people when seeking federal employment.

American Civil Liberties Union LGBT Project Director James Esseks had the following reaction:

“Actions speak louder than words. President Trump has surrounded himself with a vice president and cabinet members who have repeatedly sought to sanction discrimination against LGBT people in the name of religion, and nothing in the White House’s statement makes clear that these efforts are behind us. LGBT immigrants, refugees, Muslims, and women have already come under attack by this administration. If Donald Trump is serious about being an ally to the LGBT community, it starts with abandoning an agenda driven by fear and prejudice.” 

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