LGBT Pride Month, first declared as such back in the year 2000 by President Bill Clinton, has not yet been acknowledged by the sitting president, Donald Trump, even though it’s now the second day of June, which is traditionally thought of as Pride Month.
LGBT advocacy groups call the omission “deeply disappointing,” while noting, in the description of POLITICO, that it’s not necessarily surprising.
Ashley Broadway-Mack, president of the American Military Partner Association, commented:
‘We are deeply disappointed to see that President Trump has not followed the tradition of issuing an LGBT Pride Month Proclamation for 2017. After decades of discrimination, today, LGBT service members proudly serve our nation openly — many with spouses and families proudly standing by their side.’
The American Military Partner Association, according to its website, is “the nation’s largest resource and support network for the partners, spouses, families, and allies of America’s lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) service members and veterans.”
For a community already attacked time and time again by the members of the administration, a refusal to acknowledge Pride Month on the part of the sitting administration is like salt in the wound.
Nevertheless, Broadway-Mack added that President Trump’s omissions should make the LGBT community “determined more than ever to celebrate our pride.”
Among other things, President Trump has sought to make anti-LGBT discrimination legal nationwide, while Vice President Pence has expressed support for such travesties as gay conversion therapy.