Trump Tweet Recognizes Pride Month, Aim to Decriminalize Homosexuality

"This is gross hypocrisy, with an emphasis on gross."

It’s June 1, not April Fools’ Day, but President Trump still laughably had the nerve to acknowledge the LGBTQ community on Twitter.

Meanwhile, he and his administration continue to roll back LGBTQ rights, championing religious freedom initiatives both at home and abroad.

“As we celebrate LGBT Pride Month and recognize the outstanding contributions LGBT people have made to our great Nation, let us also stand in solidarity with the many LGBT people who live in dozens of countries worldwide that punish, imprison, or even execute individuals on the basis of their sexual orientation,” Trump tweeted Friday. “My Administration has launched a global campaign to decriminalize homosexuality and invite all nations to join us in this effort!”

This marks the first time in office that Trump has recognized June as LGBTQ Pride Month after failing to issue Pride Month proclamations in 2017 and 2018. This year Trump’s campaign is even selling Pride merch.

Trump previously told a reporter in February that he was unaware of his administration’s international initiative to decriminalize homosexuality, an effort headed up by Richard Grenell, U.S. Ambassador to Germany and the highest-profile openly gay individual in the administration.

Do yourself a favor and scroll through the hilarious responses to Trump’s Pride tweet, many of which specifically blast his administration’s targeted discrimination of trans citizens in schoolsprisons, hospitalshomeless shelters, the workplace, and the armed forces.

“Actions speak louder than words,” GLAAD tweeted in response. “This is a cheap political play and we see right through it. Your administration has attacked the rights of LGBTQ people more than 100 times.”

“This is gaslighting,” tweeted GLAAD CEO and president Sarah Kate Ellis. “Trump and his Administration have attacked the LGBTQ community in policy and rhetoric more than 110 times. We will be holding the media accountable to ensure that they’re telling the truth about his anti-LGBTQ record.”

“You can’t celebrate Pride and constantly undermine our rights,” HRC president Chad Griffin responded, “including attacking #TransHealth, discharging #TransTroops, refusing to protect LGBTQ youth, and cozying up to dictators who brutalize & marginalize LGBTQ people. This is gross hypocrisy, with an emphasis on gross.”

Trump’s Pride tweet comes days after the State Department announced plans to launch a new human rights panel stressing “natural law,” creating concern that it could be used to curtail rights of the LGBTQ community, women, and others.

Last month Trump came out against the Equality Act, which would grant federal non-discrimination protections to LGBTQ people.

Find a comprehensive record of Trump’s anti-LGBTQ actions below.

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