LGBTQ media advocacy group GLAAD has issued a statement condemning Donald Trump’s silence on the first day of LGBTQ Pride Month, saying that “President Trump’s negligence at the start of Pride month provided another example that this administration is no friend to the community.”
“Every June, leaders from all walks of life recognize Pride month and stand together in support of LGBTQ people, however President Trump chose to start this Pride month with deafening silence,” said Sarah Kate Ellis, President and CEO of GLAAD, in a statement.
“Even if Ivanka Trump tries to save face with LGBTQ Americans, President Trump’s negligence at the start of Pride month provided another example that this administration is no friend to the community. While the Trump Administration tries to systematically erase LGBTQ people and families from the fabric of this nation, LGBTQ Americans and allies must do what we know best this Pride month – stay visible and march for acceptance.”
In the statement, GLAAD pointed out that the Trump Administration prioritized proclamations on June 1 around “Great Outdoors Month,” “National Ocean Month” and “National Homeownership Month” instead.
“This silence halts an eight-year precedent set by President Barack Obama in honoring the achievements of LGBTQ Americans and showing support for the community via proclamations and other Pride Month events,” the statement read.
President Trump’s daughter, Ivanka Trump, did sent out two tweets in honor of Pride Month on June 1.
“Logging back on after Shavuot, wishing everyone a joyful #Pride2017. This month we honor the #LGBTQ community,” read one. “I am proud to support my LGBTQ friends and the LGBTQ Americans who have made immense contributions to our society and economy,” read the second tweet.
However, critics swiftly shot down her comments, stating that her tweets clash with the Trump administration’s position on LGBTQ rights. Vice President Mike Pence has been openly opposed to marriage equality, and signed an Indiana law that many perceived as allowing discrimination against the LBGT community, according to CNN. In February, Trump revoked guidelines that allow transgender students to use bathrooms and locker rooms matching their chosen gender identity.
The GLAAD statement pointed out a “stark contrast” to President Barack Obama during his administration, given that he issued a president proclamation for LGBTQ Pride Month each year in office, and advocated for a new era of LGBTQ acceptance including the repeal “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell.”
A representative for the Trump Administration has not yet responded to TheWrap’s request for comment.