January 31, 2017

“He is playing a political distraction shell game, and under each shell is nothing.”

WASHINGTON, DC—PFLAG National—the nation's largest organization uniting families, allies, and people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ)—today spoke out on the announcement that President Trump might preserve his predecessor’s executive order protecting the rights of LGBTQ federal workers and contractors. There is word that the President is still considering executive orders with language that would undermine those protections, as well as offer a broad license to discriminate against the LGBTQ and other marginalized communities.

Said PFLAG National Interim Executive Director Elizabeth Kohm, “President Trump’s actions so far demonstrate that he isn’t an ally to any marginalized community. The suggestion that he supports and respects people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender doesn’t even pass the common sense test. You don’t demonstrate support and respect by keeping a predecessor's order in place, while simultaneously denying entry to our country to wide swaths of people, offering up nominees with demonstrated anti-LGBTQ positions, potentially considering a “License to Discriminate” executive order, and building walls. He is playing a political distraction shell game and under each shell is nothing.”

PFLAG has more than 400 chapters across the United States and Puerto Rico. For more information on PFLAG’s advocacy work, visit pflag.org/advocacy-101.

PFLAG is the nation’s largest organization uniting families, allies, and people who are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, and queer. PFLAG is committed to advancing equality through its mission of support, education, and advocacy, and has more than 400 chapters and 200,000 supporters crossing multiple generations of American families in major urban centers, small cities, and rural areas in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. To learn more, visit pflag.org.

Liz Owen, Director of Communications
lowen@pflag.org
(202) 467-8180 x214
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