Being anti-LGBTQ used to be so easy, but even Trump had troubles discriminating this year.
This year-end, we’re raising some egg nog to our favorite flubs, ranked from hilariously satisfying to most hilariously satisfying.
Daddy Fearest: GOP Lawmaker Takes Back Homophobic Bill After Gay Kid Shames Himseksan Mongkhonkhamsao
Just one problem: His daughter, Christel Highland is part of the LGBTQ community and took him to task publicly when he refused to engage with her on the offensive bill. She wrote him an open letter on Facebook.
Rep. Highland admitted he made a mistake and removed his name.
Cluck Off: Chick-fil-A Shuttered Because Homophobia Doesn’t SellAndrew Renneisen / Stringer
Don’t Police Me: Cop Wins $20 Million After Being Told to Reign in GaynessGetty Images
Tee-gall: Trump Tries Peddling Pride T-shirts
Trump — who banned trans troops, is against LGBT employment protections, wants ppl to be able to turn away LGBT customers, & is denying citizenship to kids of US gay couples born out of wedlock — is selling LGBTQ for Trump shirts for Pride https://t.co/LcfzYb6oF9 via @NewNowNext pic.twitter.com/QAG6M7tlxJ
— David Mack (@davidmackau) May 23, 2019
In perhaps his least sensible business venture yet, Donald Trump offered up LGBTQ Americans the rare gift of a laugh this pride season by selling rainbow pride shirts. Of course, the shirts were grammatically incorrect and appeared to be designed in “Microsoft Paint.”
Crackup Barrel: Cracker Barrel Bans Anti-gay Pastorjetcityimage
If Cracker Barrel bans you for being anti-gay, you’re in real trouble. The food chain—which instituted a policy of firing LGBTQ people 1991 (it lasted one month), didn’t add queer people to its non-discrimination policy until 2002, and has historically been accused of racism—told an anti-gay pastor his views were too extreme.
Grayson Fritts of the All Scripture Baptist Church was barred from holding an event at a Tennessee chain because he made death threats against gay people.
Double Trouble: After Pride Shirt Debacle We Get MAGA Rainbow Shirts
Because we assume the first Trump Pride shirt was such a big hit, Trump rolled out a MAGA rainbow shirt that was more cringeworthy than his last.
Flying Pride: Trump Bans Pride Flags at Embassies, so Naturally…picture alliance / Contributor
President Donald J. Trump declared that no embassy shall bear the rainbow colors on the unholiest of month of June when LGBTQ people celebrate Pride!Stephanie Pilick/picture alliance via Getty ImagesGetty Images
Conscience Defections: Judges Dump Trump’s Anti-tran’s Health Care LawALASTAIR GRANT / Contributor
Trump tried so hard to roll back LGBTQ healthcare protections in 2019. In May, the Department of Health and Human Service proposed redefining the Affordable Care Act to gut anti-discrimination protections for trans people.
The Department was also poised to roll out “conscience protections” that would have let doctors turn away trans people and those with HIV/AIDS. Two judges looked at the new rule and kicked it to the curb. The Trump administration is expected to appeal the rulings.
The Wolf Who Cried Ally: Homophobic Judges Sobs About Being Called Homophobe
Lawrence VanDyke gave LGBTQ people a rare gift this fall when he blubbered at his own confirmation hearing to be a federal appeals court judge. The reason? The American Bar Association found him unqualified because he refused to say he would treat LGBTQ people fairly as a judge.
The ABA conducted 60 interviews and found him to be “lazy, arrogant, and an ideologue.”
Hair Comes Pride: The Texas Commissioner Who Refused to Sign a Pride Proclamation but Really Became Famous Because of Her HairdoKIII
Look, we’re not here to hair-shame. This is about queer rights!
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