This yearâs celebration of National Coming Out Day is shrouded by the Trump presidency, top Democrats said Wednesday.
âUnfortunately, this yearâs celebration is clouded by a presidency that is openly hostile to LGBTQ people,âÂ Democratic National Committee Chairman Tom Perez and DNC LGBT Caucus Chairman Earl Fowkles said in a statement.
The Trump administration has retracted the Department of Educationâs guidance on transgender students, abandoned Americaâs global leadership role on LGBTQ rights and proposed cuts to HIV/AIDS testing and care, Democrats said.
They also criticizedÂ the administration’s reinterpretation ofÂ law to give businesses “a license to discriminate,” referencing memos from Attorney General Jeff Sessions that giveÂ religious groups and individuals broad protections toÂ expressÂ theirÂ beliefs when they come into conflict with government. ExpertsÂ say the guidance could lead to discrimination of LGBTQ people.
ThoseÂ memos wereÂ released aÂ day after theÂ Department of Justice released a memorandum excluding transgender identifying individualsÂ from civil rights protections.Â
âDemocrats are committed to fighting this administrationâs anti-LGBTQ actions tooth and nail. We will redouble our efforts to protect the progress weâve made. And we wish all Americans a happy Coming Out Day,” the Democrats said.
Politicians boasted support for National Coming Out Day on Twitter.