WASHINGTON — Last week The Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest LGBTQ civil rights organization, reacted to the advance text of Donald Trump’s 2019 State of the Union with the facts of his administration’s dangerous anti-equality record and stories from real members of the LGBTQ community impacted by his discriminatory agenda. LGBTQ people around the country and across the globe have been under near-constant attack by the Trump-Pence Administration since they took office. The Trump-Pence White House’s announcement of eliminating HIV domestically by 2030 has been met with skepticism in light of their disturbing record on HIV and AIDS.
“For more than two years, Donald Trump and Mike Pence have made attacking LGBTQ people and other marginalized communities a top priority of their administration,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “From undermining protections for transgender youth, to threatening to deport Dreamers, to attempting to ban transgender service members from the military, to working to eviscerate health care coverage for those most vulnerable — this is a presidency rooted in prejudice and fear. But at every turn, we have put up roadblocks on this administration’s path of destruction and discrimination, uniting with our allies across movements. Now, with a pro-equality majority in the House of Representatives poised to pass the Equality Act and tackle other critical issues, we continue to demonstrate that when we stand together we are a force to be reckoned with.”
The Human Rights Campaign is amplifying the voices of LGBTQ people impacted by this administration’s hateful agenda in response to Donald Trump’s State of the Union address:
“Trans service members lace up their boots every day, accomplish the mission and prove again and again that we belong. We’ve faced the same arguments used against the inclusion of every minority group and shown them to be as inaccurate now as ever. We’re focused on protecting the ideals of the constitution we swore to defend; we just wish we didn’t have to do it under the swirling maelstrom of uncertainty that we face today.”— Lt. Col. Bryan Bree Fram, active-duty U.S. Air Force rocket scientist of 16 years.
“For two years straight, the Trump-Pence administration has targeted my transgender son, and all transgender youth, for discrimination. Donald Trump has laid out an agenda built on fear and hate at a time when young people of every background need their government to have their backs. My child is not a political pawn, and we won’t stop fighting for him and other transgender people until everyone is treated with the respect that they deserve.”— Amber Briggle, a member of HRC’s Parents for Transgender Equality from Texas.
“I was raised to be hardworking and to help others, but my ambitions are not possible under an administration that denies me a chance to achieve my dreams and further my education. My parents came to this country to provide me with more opportunities and a better life. As a college-educated and LGBTQ dreamer, I call the United States my home. I am not the exception. I represent a community that believes that we all deserve the right to be who we are, to achieve our dreams and also to serve our country.”— Edgar, Young LGBTQ Dreamer and recent college graduate.
“Today’s political climate has made it ever more dangerous to be a social outlier trying to navigate regular life. LGB and transgender persons, undocumented immigrants, those dependent on state or federal programs and employment: all of us are suspect to the whims of those who aim to placate the ignorance of voters. Yet, each act of persecution, each declaration of prejudice and each attack on our rights as human beings makes us, as a whole stronger. Tougher than spite, tenacious and determined, this same climate is one which will create heroes. Heroes of justice, equity and truth. Don’t give up the good fight; because the fruit is the last thing to appear on the tree of hope.”— Aryah Lester, Deputy Director, Transgender Strategy Center.
“Transgender people and people living with HIV deserve a government that has our backs. If Donald Trump truly wants to stop the spread of HIV, his administration must reverse their attacks on Medicaid, the Affordable Care Act and the rights of LGBTQ patients. No real public health agenda can ever include dangerous cuts or discrimination against those who need services the most.”— Blossom Brown, an activist and transgender woman living with HIV.