Last night I finished my poster for the Women’s March here in LA and after looking at my masterpiece, an overwhelming sadness came over me. A new wave of grief swooped right in and the reality of our current nightmare sunk in (more than it ever had before in the last three tiring months). Although I’m energized for marching with my peers and like-minded strangers in Pershing Square tomorrow, to be frank: I’m depressed AF.
As we all wore black in the offices today, we turned off the TVs and reflected. And as these quiet moments before the storm sat with us, the transition of power from good to pure evil begins with the disappearance of the LGBT Rights page on the White House website.
This is not “business as usual.”
This is NOT normal.
Check it out:
It’s just been over an hour since Trump took office and whitehouse.gov/lgbt has now been replaced by a Trump “transitionsplash” page.
Update: There’s no longer a transition page. The White House LGBT link is gone altogether.
The Obama administration introduced the White House LGBT page to highlight major legislative achievements, historic court victories and important policy changes for gay and transgender people. The page also shined a spotlight on certain campaigns for gay rights such as the “It Gets Better” campaign to help those in the LGBT community struggling with thoughts of suicide.
That campaign, as of this writing, still redirects to an archived “Strengthening Civil Rights”page. But, of course, all of that is subject to change. However, any mention of LGBT is now gone.
Is this just part of the transition and will we see a new page with Trump’s stamp of approval? Who knows. Trump has been praised by the Republican group the Log Cabin Republicans as the “most pro-LGBT nominee in the history of the Republican party.” Though those same Log Cabin Republicans also refused to endorse him as a candidate.
In related news, it appears all mentions of climate change have also been erased throughout the site.
You can read more about the Obama administration’s work on gay and transgender rights in this archived press release here. In the meantime, we will be sure to keep you in the loop if we do happen to see a new page pop up.