Republican LGBTQ Group Endorses Trump for 2020, Says He Kept His 'Commitment' to the Community Despite Rolling Back Protections for Them

The Log Cabin Republicans just announced that they are endorsing President Donald Trump in his 2020 re-election bid, stating that he has kept his "commitment" to the LGBT community during his presidency.

The conservative organization officially endorsed Trump in an op-ed published by The Washington Post on Friday morning. The group's leaders, Robert Kabel and Jill Homan, attributed what it said was the Republican Party's increased inclusivity toward the LGBTQ community to Trump's reign.

"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," they 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," Kabel and Homan added.

The group pointed to Trump's promise to end the spread of HIV/AIDS and to the LGBTQ members of his administration as examples of his commitment to the community. They also praised his economic policy and tax cuts, which they said have "benefited LGBTQ families and helped put food on their tables."

But the Log Cabin Republicans didn't mention many of the rule changes implemented by the Trump administration that have negatively impacted the community or the multiple rollbacks on Obama-era protections for them.

Most recently, the Trump administration announced earlier this week that it was going to remove nondiscrimination policies for LGBTQ workers. The Department of Labor will add religious exemptions to an Obama-era 2014 executive order that prohibited discrimination in hiring on the basis of sexual orientation and gender identity. Advocacy groups have blasted the move as "dangerous" and "unconscionable."

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Protestors and LGBT activists rally outside of Trump International Hotel, February 3, 2017 in Washington, D.C. The protest was organized by the group 'WERK for Peace,' and they aimed to let President Trump know 'discrimination, bigotry, and hate are not tolerated in our country.' The Log Cabin Republicans, an organization that works with the GOP to advocate for the LGTBQ community, just endorsed Trump in his re-election bid. Drew Angerer/Getty

In early 2017, just after Trump entered office, the Department of Justice and the Department of Education rejected an Obama-era guidance that required schools to let transgender students use the bathroom that fit their gender.

In May 2019, the Trump administration finalized a guidance that bars transgender individuals who have transitioned from enlisting in the military. The rule also prohibits active service members from undergoing hormone therapy or gender transition procedures.

The Log Republicans did denounce the transgender military ban, claiming that they would "continue to press the administration to reconsider."

Also this year, Department of Housing and Urban Development said it wanted to reverse a requirement that homeless shelters had to provide equal access to services and accommodation "in accordance with an individual's gender identity." The policy gives homeless shelters the ability to consider a person's sex when determining whether they could be admitted to the facility.

Plus, the Department of Health and Human Services proposed a regulation that would replace a from the Obama administration that denied discrimination "on the basis of sex" to include gender identity. Under the new rule, health care workers could object to performing procedures like gender reassignment surgery. Insurers would also be exempt from covering all services for transgender patients.

"While we do not agree with every policy or platform position presented by the White House or the Republican Party, we share a commitment to individual responsibility, personal freedom and a strong national defense," the Log Cabin Republicans wrote in their op-ed.