Trump administration following Porterville’s lead?


In 2013, Porterville Mayor Virginia Gurrola issued a proclamation recognizing June as LGBT Pride month. All hell broke loose.

Later, the council booted Mayor Gurrola and Vice Mayor Peter McCracken from their ceremonial posts and replaced them. They then rescinded the proclamation, and replaced it with a resolution declaring June “A Month Of Community Charity and Goodwill For All in Porterville.” Little “community charity or goodwill” was in evidence during the several city council meetings required to accomplish those changes.

Now, the Trump administration is following Porterville’s lead. Moments after he was sworn in, pages on the site were scrubbed of LGBT content.

When asked by the Washington Blade if President Trump was going to rescind President Obama’s executive order #13672, prohibiting discrimination based on sexual orientation by Federal contractors, White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer didn’t know. Based on actions the new president has already taken, the LGBT community has little faith that the Trump administration, especially when staffed by ardent anti-gay members such as Vice President Pence and Ben Carson, will respect the gains made in the last eight years.

At his speech accepting the GOP nomination for President, Donald Trump said “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. Believe me.”

Well, we don’t believe him. Even after people who are close to him have said that he bears no personal animosity towards the LGBT community, his campaign comments against marriage equality and other LGBT issues leave us doubtful that he will do anything to protect the civil rights of millions of Americans. We suspect he will say or do anything in the moment to accomplish whatever goal he might be pursuing. We don’t see a strong moral basis for anything in President Trump.

The Trump administration scrubbed LGBT information from the site, and declared June 20, 2017 as a “National Day of Patriotic Devotion”.

Yeah, it looks like Porterville all over again.

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