Despite June being recognized globally as Pride month, President Trump has committed to headlining the "Road to Majority" conference on Thursday, June 8. This evangelical gathering is hosted by the Faith and Freedom Coalition, a conservative organization whose chairperson Ralph Reed has previously spoken out against marriage equality.
Trump is scheduled to speak just three days before the LGBTQ Equality March in Washington D.C. He has previously spoken before the Freedom and Faith Coalition during his presidential campaign, where he made remarks that could be interpreted as an inexplicit commitment to subverting LGBTQ rights. The President has also failed to issue a proclamation acknowledging June as Pride month, a break from the practice observed by President Barack Obama.
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"President Trump's negligence at the start of Pride month provided another example that this administration is no friend to the community," said Sarah Kate Ellis, President and CEO of GLAAD. "While the Trump Administration tries to systematically erase LGBTQ people and families from the fabric of this nation, LGBTQ Americans and allies must do what we know best this Pride month--stay visible and march for acceptance."
The "Road to Majority" conference will also feature other outspoken opponents of LGBTQ rights, namely Vice President Mike Pence, Senator Ted Cruz, evangelical author James Dobson, House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and House Majority Whip Steve Scalise.