Today is National HIV Testing Day, and the Trump Administration released a statement encouraging Americans to get tested for HIV. Omitted from this statement was any mention of the LGBTQ community, a community that has been at the forefront of the fight to eradicate AIDS since the early days of the epidemic.
INBOX: Statement from President Donald J. Trump on National HIV Testing Day pic.twitter.com/EiPKC0zQ8a
— Allan Smith (@akarl_smith) June 27, 2017
President Trump’s failure to acknowledge the LGBTQ community heightens speculation that he isn’t interested in issues affecting LGBTQ Americans. The President has been actively criticized for not recognizing June as Pride month. Earlier this month, six members of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV/AIDS resigned because they felt Trump “simply does not care” about HIV policy.
The makers of How to Survive A Plague, a documentary about the early years of the epidemic, have offered to coordinate a private screening of the film at the White House. There is no word as to whether the president will take them up on their offer.