Log Cabin Republicans Lose Another Leader in Protest After Trump Endorsement

Earlier this month, the Log Cabin Republicans, a conservative LGBT organization, endorsed Donald Trump in the 2020 election. Since the endorsement, a number of members of the organization have resigned, including the group's executive director.

Friday, Jerri Ann Henry, the Log Cabin Republicans' first female leader, tendered her resignation, officially leaving the organization on Monday, the Washington Blade reported. Henry left after Robert Kabel, the chairman of the organization, and Jill Homan, the vice-chair, published an opinion piece in the Washington Post to announce that Donald Trump had received the Log Cabin Republicans' official endorsement in the 2020 presidential race.

"This is the party that Trump has helped make possible by moving past the culture wars that dominated the 1990s and early 2000s, in particular by removing gay rights as a wedge issue from the old Republican playbook," Kabel and Homan wrote. "And since taking office, President Trump has followed through on many of his commitments to the United States, including taking bold actions that benefit the LGBTQ community"

The August 15 announcement proved controversial within the organization. According to the Blade, Henry was banned from speaking publicly for the Log Cabin Republicans despite being the executive director.

Henry's decision to leave follows the resignation of Jennifer Horn, a board member who also left the group over the Trump endorsement. In a comment to the Post, Horn said she'd never endorse Trump.

"There is no world where I can sit down at the dining room table and explain to my children that I just endorsed Donald Trump for president," Horn said. "It is contrary to everything that I have ever taught them about what it means to be a good, decent, principled member of society."

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In this file photo from 2016, Trump supporters hold up a flag reading "LGBTS for Trump." The Log Cabin Republicans are the most famous LGBT conservative group. George Frey/Getty

In addition, Casey Pick, who served as programs director from 2010 to 2013, said she was leaving the group. In her post, Pick said that though she had been distancing herself from the organization beginning in 2012, Henry's hiring had made her reconsider.

Pick wrote in a Facebook post that Henry's "hands have been tied from the beginning by a Board and membership that ... increasingly fulfils the stereotypes that used to be slung at Log Cabin Republicans: overwhelmingly gay men who are indifferent to the experiences of women, transgender Americans, or LGBT people who lack the financial or social resources to protect them from the discrimination that they so often deny even exists."

"Call me any name you please — and I know folks will — but please, don't call me a Log Cabin Republican," Pick wrote at the end of her post.

The Blade also reported that former president of the D.C. chapter, Robert Turner, also quit the organization after the endorsement. In addition, the outlet reported that board member Rachel Hoff resigned as well.

The Log Cabin Republicans did not endorse Trump during the 2016 election. According to the Blade, the organization chose not to wait until the Republican National Convention to make its endorsement as it usually does, because some board members were upset the group hadn't endorsed Trump in 2016.

However, Log Cabin Republican spokesperson Charles Moran told the Blade this was not the case, and said the endorsement "came at the request of our chapter leaders."

"In our bylaws, we are required to survey our chapters to solicit their input," Moran said. "The result was almost unanimous in support of endorsing President Trump for re-election. We declined to endorse in 2016, so our chapter leaders wanted to make sure their voices were heard clearly and direction taken into consideration for 2020."

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