Members of the LGBTQ community who backed Donald Trump in the 2016 election took a huge gamble. Their own community shunned them, claiming that the Republican nominee would roll back rights and protections made during the Obama years.
Gay, lesbian, and transgendered persons who supported Trump have now been completely vindicated by the President.
The White House announced on Monday that the President intends to keep the 2014 order that created new workplace protections for gay, lesbian, bisexual, and transgender Americans. Trump announced he was proud to support gay rights, as reported The New York Times.
“President Trump continues to be respectful and supportive of L.G.B.T.Q. rights, just as he was throughout the election,” the White House statement said. “The President is proud to have been the first ever G.O.P. nominee to mention the L.G.B.T.Q. community in his nomination acceptance speech, pledging then to protect the community from violence and oppression.”
Protections in the order includes banning companies that do federal work from discriminating against someone for their sexual orientation.
LGBTQ Trump supporters were overjoyed by the news, especially after several press outlets had reported the President had secret plans to roll back the order.
TRUMP IS GOING TO TAKE AWAY OUR RIGHTS WITH AN EO!!— Chad Felix Greene (@chadfelixg) January 31, 2017
...oh wait he isn't?
Well a true friend of LGBT wouldn't scare us like that!!
It took Obama years to be this accepting of LGBT folks. Trump was an ally from day one. pic.twitter.com/BBH9FWlc7i— PolicyBromo (@RedRedRectangle) January 31, 2017