It’s nine days into Pride month and much to no one’s surprise, President Trump has yet to acknowledge the LGBTQ community or this celebratory month at all, not even on his favorite social media platform. Perhaps it is because he has been too busy golfing. Whatever the reason may be, people have been quick to point out his lack of pride this month.
What Trump has made time for, however, is a keynote speech at the “Road to Majority” conference. Sponsored by homophobic group the Faith and Freedom coalition. Trump was the headlining speaker for other white, male figures including Ted Cruz, Mike Pence, Pat Boone, James Dobson and more.
It appears that the reason Trump is too busy to support the LGBTQ population is because he is standing in solidarity with the evangelical community, as he proclaimed to them during his “Road to Majority” speech.
“”We will always support our evangelical community and defend your right and the right of all Americans to follow and to live by the teachings of their faith,” Trump shared with over 1,000 attendees. “And as you know, we’re under siege, you understand that. But we will come out bigger and better and stronger than ever. You watch, you fought hard for me and now I’m fighting hard for all of you.”
Trump is not the first president to break the tradition of issuing a Pride proclamation. No Republican has ever made a proclamation for Pride month. Bill Clinton made the first one in 1999. It stopped with George W. Bush, and then Obama issued a pride month proclamation and hosted annual pride receptions for every year of his presidency. This would be the chance for Trump to break the Republican mold, and speak out in support of the LGBTQ community…but we won’t hold our breath for 21 more days to find out.