Trump, No LGBT Champion

I hope you’ll check out this story today over at The Daily BeastTrump’s Gay Backers No Longer See Him as the Great Straight Hope. During last year’s campaign, President Trump promised to be a champion and good president for LGBT Americans, but the reality has been the opposite.

The reporter called me for comment, but I should note that the headline implies that everyone quoted in the article was a Trump supporter in the election. I was not. I publicly supported Hillary Clinton last year.

Here’s what I said.

“Trump’s supporters like to say, ‘It’s not what he says, it’s what he does that matters.’ That’s definitely the case when it comes to issues affecting LGBT Americans,” said Jimmy LaSalvia, who started the now-defunct conservative gay rights group GOProud along with Barron. “I never thought that Donald Trump was an anti-gay homophobe. I certainly didn’t think that when I met him back in 2011. But we’ve all learned a lot about who he really is since then. With his political pandering and posturing to endear himself to the intolerant wing of the GOP over the last few years, it doesn’t surprise me that this administration will go down as the most anti-LGBT in history.”

Read the entire piece here.