About two months ago, Donald trump swore in as president of the United States. Do any of you remember what he said at his Republican Convention speech?
Well, to refresh your memory, he had mentioned that he would not roll back any order that was protecting the rights of LGBTQ workers and that he would always do everything in his power to protect the LGBTQ citizens of America.
His exact words were, “Only weeks ago in Orlando, Florida, 49 wonderful Americans were savagely murdered by an Islamic terrorist. This time the terrorist targeted the LGBTQ community. No good. And we’re going to stop it. As your president, I will do everything in my power to protect our LGBTQ citizens from the violence and oppression of a hateful foreign ideology. Believe me.”
And we did believe him. But for what?
On Monday, Donald Trump signed an executive order, which revokes essential parts of previous orders by then President, Obama. The order was an effective ban against federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity.
Now because of a lack of an explicit protection per se for sexual orientation and gender identity in most states of the US and on the federal level, Obama’s executive presidential orders were the only legal and legit measure that was protecting more than 1 million LGBTQ workers.
However, this week the Census Bureau announced that it would not be including any data on sexual orientation and gender identity in its 2020 survey. It is a decision that the White House can directly influence.
In other words, the US administration simply refuses to count LGBTQ people in the US.
As an implication, the Trump Govt. is also refusing to take the essential steps to appropriately represent them or take care of their interests.
This move not only comes as a surprise, what with Trump having made a seemingly sound promise and all on his Presidential address, but it also in some way proves what we have always been worried of.
By refusing to accommodate any kinds of rules that allow for protection against discrimination for LGBTQ workers, Trump isn’t simply refusing to acknowledge the fact that discrimination exists but is also suggesting that it might be business as usual.
Well, let’s hope for the best.