Five of Trump’s Anti-LGBTQ Picks You Need to Know About
Since Donald Trump was elected more than a month ago, he has assembled a group of anti-LGBTQ officials as his top picks for his administration and transition team.
- •Jeff SessionsOne of the first nominees Trump named was vehemently anti-LGBTQ Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions to be U.S. Attorney General. If confirmed, Sessions would lead the U.S. Department of Justice, which is tasked with the fair and impartial administration of justice. Sessions received a zero on HRC’s congressional scorecard, and the ACLU characterizes his voting record as anti-civil rights. This troubling appointment is in stark contrast with Trump’s pledge to be a “president for all Americans.”
- •Tom PriceLate last month, Trump named Tom Price as his choice for Secretary of Health and Human Services. Price, who would lead the 80,000-person Department, earned a score of “zero” on the past three HRC Congressional Scorecards. Price opposes protections for transgender students in public schools and said the Supreme Court's Obergefell decision resulted in "a sad day for marriage" and "judicial destruction of our entire system of checks and balances."
- •Ben CarsonLast week, Trump named retired neurosurgeon Ben Carson, an outspoken opponent of LGBTQ equality, to run the Department of Housing and Urban Development.During an interview with Sean Hannity, Carson compared LGBTQ marriage to bestiality.
- •Steve BannonSteve Bannon is well versed in attacking others, including LGBTQ people. Bannon said during a 2011 radio interview that conservative women are vilified because they are not “a bunch of dykes that came from the Seven Sisters schools.”
- •Michael FlynnLast month, Trump announced that retired U.S. Army Lieutenant General Michael Flynn as his pick for National Security Advisor. Flynn has history of animus toward LGBTQ people, most recently launching a vile attack on transgender people at the Republican National Convention in July during his prime time appearance.