Mr. President: I write to you today regarding your lifting of the federal guidance on transgender rights in schools. While I am not privy to discussions within your White House, this is viewed by many of us as a victorious win for the bigotry of the Steve Bannon and Vice President Pence parts of your administration – the so-called alt-right constituents. You might regret that advice given to you by this segment of your administration. Here’s why.
Let’s state the obvious: the LGBT community of Philadelphia seems to be in disarray. Recently there have been conflicts involving Mazzoni Center, Philadelphia Fight, a state representative, Liberty City LGBT Democratic Club, spilling over into the Mayor’s Office of LGBT Affairs, and rumors flying all over social media.
We’ve reach that time of year when we look back, take stock of the year, and begin to think about what will be in the New Year. This year, that is somewhat clouded and overshadowed – as is everything at this point – by the election of Donald Trump as the next president of the USA.
1. Trump is President-elect. If that angers or frightens you, don’t get upset, get involved.
2. What are the signs we in the LGBT community should be looking for? Trump has already made the statement that marriage equality is already the law of the land (in a “60 Minutes” interview last Sunday). But how about the Equality Act so that members of our community are not discriminated against? The reality is that, unless the Republican Congress decides it’s on their list, it will die — unless that organization I mentioned above begins to concentrate on those Republicans.
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