Published: Thu, June 01, 2017
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

It's LGBTQ Pride Month ... apparently Donald Trump forgot

It's LGBTQ Pride Month ... apparently Donald Trump forgot

Or maybe not. Over at Think Progress, Zack Ford notes that while the Trump administration has issued proclamations this week recognizing June as National Ocean Month and National Homeownership Month, a statement for LGBT Pride Month-also celebrated this month in commemoration of the legendary Stonewall Riots-is nowhere to be found. This year, President Trump doesn't seem quite as interested in maintaining that tradition.

"However, there also are many reasons to be hopeful this Pride Month".

President Donald Trump, who has claimed to be an LGBTQ ally, has not issued a Pride Month proclamation. In some states, conservative lawmakers continue to advance legislation meant to discriminate against the LGBTQ community.

Deputy Chief Jim Ramer speaks at the raising of the Pride flag at Toronto Police headquarters
Deputy Chief Jim Ramer speaks at the raising of the Pride flag at Toronto Police headquarters

Former LGBT Obama administration officials are planning a "NOT the White House Pride Party", on June 10, with former senior advisor Valerie Jarrett and former Army Secretary Eric Fanning expected to attend. President George W. Bush later passed on honoring Pride Month, but President Obama saw June as an opportunity to speak openly about problems that queer Americans face, from anti-LGBTQ harassment to conversion therapy.

In her own Pride Month proclamation, Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi criticized the GOP's cold shoulder toward the LGBT community. Today, hospitals receiving Medicare or Medicaid funds must extend visitation rights to LGBTQ patients. But if you were looking to the White House for an acknowledgement, you'd be out of luck.

But perhaps BuzzFeed's David Mack puts advocates' gripes most succinctly, arguing that the president simply pandered to LGBTQ Republican votes to win the election. Rainbow-colored flags, clothing and accessories have since become a staple of LGBTQ events, rallies, and parades throughout the world.

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