WASHINGTON – President Trump has for the second year in a row made no mention of Pride Month, which celebrates the LGBTQ community.
So alumni from President Obama’s White House are offering counter-programming for this weekend’s Gay Pride celebration, hosting their own shindig and calling it aptly, “Not the White House Pride Party.”
The event will be a “Sunday Funday brunch bash” featuring “the gayest DJ you’ve ever heard.”
It’s being thrown at the Republic Restoratives distillery, known for making a Hillary Clinton-themed whisky: The Rodham Rye.
Republic Restoratives co-founder Pia Carusone – who worked as an Obama appointee at the Department of Homeland Security after leaving Rep. Gabrielle Giffords’ (D-Ariz.) office – explained that every June President Obama would have a big White House party for pride, but last year under Trump that stopped.
“He’s not going to have a Pride party, I don’t think he has much,” Carusone said.
Candidate Trump held up a rainbow flag during a campaign appearance and noted the importance of using the full acronym – ‘L, G, B, T … and Q’ – to reference the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer or questioning community.
At the Republican National Convention in Cleveland he called out the Pulse nightclub shooter for targeting the LGBTQ community.
“Not good,” Trump said. “And we’re going to stop it. As your president, I will do everything in my power to protect our LGBTQ citizens from the violence and oppression of a hateful foreign ideology.”
But since taking office, Trump announced on Twitter that he didn’t want transgender people serving in the military. And his White House gave a thumbs up to the Supreme Court’s recent decision to narrowly side with a baker who wouldn’t make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple, citing his religion.
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