Published: Sun, November 13, 2016
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Anti-Gay NOM Celebrates Trump's Win; Read About Their Extreme Agenda

Anti-Gay NOM Celebrates Trump's Win; Read About Their Extreme Agenda

Will Pence's long-ago support for so-called "conversion therapy" translate to a directive for LGBT youth?

Words of fear mixed with hope and plans for action as Long Island's LGBT community discussed what life will be like under a Donald Trump presidency. "Obviously there have been a lot of ups and downs in LGBT rights over the years, and we didn't get married at a couple of other times when our friends did", said Schaffer, who admits that marriage has never been high on her priority list due to fundamental views on the separation of church and state. It causes safety concerns as well as leakage of methane which causes environmental damage and is highly inflammable and hence unsafe to the security of the people living nearby.

Donald Trump is the president-elect of the United States of America.

Is this the end of same-sex marriage? But that's not realistic, Egan said.

While Trump does not have the right to unilaterally scrap marriage equality, he has the power to appoint Supreme Court justices who could.

Kupec says religious liberty will be tested in a case to be heard next week before the Washington State Supreme Court. "Even if it's a Republican [lawmaker] they need to hear from constituents". And even then, Egan said, the justices are unlikely to overrule a precedent that's been established so recently. The future of gay rights, particularly marriage equality, is causing concern among many in the LGBTQ community.

"We're all pretty much shaken up and dismayed, and many of us are disgusted", she said.

In 2015, Pence signed the controversial Religious Freedom Restoration Act to make it legal for businesses to refuse service to LGBT people on religious grounds.

Kevin Nadal, executive director of the Center for LGBTQ Studies at the Graduate Centre of the City University of NY, said he feared there could "definitely be an increase in hate crimes against trans and queer people" under a Trump government.

And yet, since the election earlier this week, many concerned American LGBT citizens have posted worrying messages of fear via their personal social media accounts. The White House's sweeping guidelines for protecting transgender students from discrimination in public schools? "I'm really anxious today for trans Muslims and trans immigrants and trans people with disabilities who have been threatened and denigrated by Mr. Trump".

The Obama administration's recommendation to schools to treat transgender students in accordance with their gender identity drew cheers from advocacy groups and criticism from conservatives, including Pence. But it's unlikely Trump's administration will openly oppose discriminatory "bathroom bills" as Obama's has.

Given that Pence has been tipped to be in charge of "domestic policy", as Trump termed it, it seems unlikely he will stop his war against Planned Parenthood anytime soon. Moreover, for the past 25 years, they have cared day in and day out for their own special needs son who has severe physical challenges.

A prominent anti-LGBT organization is readying its agenda to undo LGBT rights as President-elect Donald Trump's transition team begins to take shape and includes some notoriously hostile figures. "My expectation is yes".

Trump will likely be behind the appointment of three justices in the US Supreme Court. When President Trump noticed a rainbow flag in the audience that read, "LGBT for Trump", he asked if he could see it.

"The reality is, again...that I think we make choices all the time", Blackwell said.

· During a Facebook Live event Thursday, HRC's Legal Director Sarah Warbelow and Government Affairs Director David Stacy answered important questions the LGBTQ and allied communities have been asking us about what a Trump Administration could mean for them.

But one thing is clear: Trump's administration will be a giant step backward for LGBT inclusion and equality.

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