Trump Conveniently Forgets Anti-LGBTQ Record, Tweets Support of Gay Bollywood Rom-Com

Huh?

President Donald Trump, the mind behind America’s transgender military ban, cuts to vital HIV/AIDS research, and a slew of other demonstrably anti-LGBTQ offenses, is apparently here for… *checks notes* queer Bollywood cinema?

Last Friday, February 21, the POTUS issued a bizarre quote-retweet of an article from U.K. queer news site PinkNews covering Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan (Extra Careful of Marriage), a pioneering gay Bollywood rom-com that’s aiming to change the minds and hearts of India’s older, more traditional population.

“Great!” Trump tweeted, prompting almost everyonePinkNews’ editorial team included—to scratch their heads in confusion.

LGBTQ advocates were quick to offer their thoughts in Trump’s mentions on Twitter.

GLAAD highlighted the 130-plus attacks on queer Americans since Trump took office, linking out to its Trump Accountability Project.

Other Twitter users took a more comedic approach to mocking the POTUS’ hypocrisy:

Trump’s thinly veiled performative allyship aside (surprise, surprise: He and Melania are on a two-day diplomatic visit to India as we speak), Shubh Mangal Zyada Saavdhan marks a new era for India’s LGBTQ population. As NewNowNext reported back in September 2018, the East Asian nation’s Supreme Court voted to decriminalize homosexuality, revoking once and for all a British colonial-era law that remained on India’s Penal Code for the better part of 150 years.

The landmark decision came after an uphill 18-year legal battle. But antiquated cultural attitudes and old taboos are hard to break: As recently as January 2019, top generals in India’s army said gay and lesbian Indians are still barred from serving in the nation’s military.

Perhaps the “Macho Man” architect of the now-infamous trans military ban can relate?

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