10 Horrible Things the Trump-Pence Administration Has Done Since the Transgender Troop Tweet

One year ago today, Trump tweeted transgender people had no place in our military. His actions lacked support from military personnel, studies about military preparedness, and the public. Despite that, he has advanced a full-on  assault against LGBTQ people’s rights and freedoms.


Here are 10 anti-LGBTQ actions this administration has taken since Trump’s tweet one year ago:


  1. Trump announced “Deploy or Get Out” rule that could remove HIV+ military personnel from service.


Newsweek: “How Trump’s ‘Deploy or Get Out’ Policy Could See People With HIV Kicked Out of Military For No Reason”


  1. Trump required future military recruits to display “no signs of gender dysphoria for 36 months.”


Military.com: “New Trump Transgender Military Policy Bars Those With Gender Dysphoria”


  1. The Trump administration asked the  Supreme Court to allow businesses to discriminate against LGBTQ people.


Wall Street Journal: “Trump Administration Backs Baker Who Refused to Make Wedding Cake for Gay Couple.”


  1. The Department of Health and Human Services announced rules allowing health care providers to discriminate against LGBTQ people on the basis of “moral objection.”


CNBC: “Feds To Create HHS Unit To Protect Health Workers Objecting To Doing Abortions, Treating Transgender people.”


  1. Betsy DeVos and her Department of Education refused to protect transgender students from bullying and harassment.


BuzzFeed News: “The Education Department Officially Says It Will Reject Transgender Student Bathroom Complaints”


  1. The Bureau of Prisons eliminated Obama-era policy protecting transgender prisoners.  


NBC News:The revised Transgender Offender Manual now mandates officials “use biological sex as the initial determination” for trans inmate placement decisions.


  1. The Department of Justice reversed federal policy and stated that Title VII’s prohibition on sex discrimination “does not encompass discrimination based on gender identity per se, including transgender status”


BuzzFeed News: “Jeff Sessions Just Reversed A Policy That Protects Transgender Workers From Discrimination.”


  1. Department of Justice argued in court that employers have the right to fire employees based on their sexual orientation.


Vice News: “The Trump Administration Wants Being Gay To Be A Fireable Offense”


  1. Trump created inhospitable work environments for LGBTQ federal employees.


Politico: “[Anti-LGBTQ Trump appointees have] “fostered a climate where six staffers who are LGBT described removing their wedding rings before coming to work in the morning, taking down photos of their partners and families or ultimately finding new jobs further away from certain political appointees.”


10. The Trump White House refused to acknowledge Pride Month for the 2nd year in a row.


NBC News: “President Trump Misses LGBTQ Pride Month — Again”