Millions across the globe are still in shock from yesterday’s events in Washington D.C., which saw a mob of Trump supporters storming the Capitol and interrupting Congress as legislators were confirming the Electoral College votes from the 2020 presidential election. The scene quickly turned violent, leaving four dead and injuring many others. However, their attempts at overturning the U.S. election results failed given that early this morning, members of Congress confirmed that Joe Biden and Kamala Harris will indeed take office on January 20.
Videos quickly surfaced on social media from those who attended the so-called “March to Save America” protest — to be clear, the event was not a protest but an act of domestic terrorism.
The Capitol riots welcomed a slew of white supremacists, MAGA extremists, and QAnon followers. As evidenced by some footage, it also saw several members of Gays for Trump, an LGBTQ+ organization founded by Peter Boykin that tries to convince voters that Trump is one of the most pro-LGBTQ president in history.
Newsflash: he isn’t.
In fact, a new report from Lambda Legal showed that 40 percent of the Trump administration’s confirmed judges have deep anti-LGBTQ+ records, including opposing same-sex marriage, LGBTQ+ protections in the workplace, and for trans people to serve openly in the military. Additionally, 85 percent of Trump’s circuit court nominees have had an affiliation with the Federalist Society, a right-wing organization that advocates against LGBTQ+ protections.
Still, that didn’t stop Gays for Trump supporters from attending the riots. As seen in widespread footage, they held up rainbow flags as policemen and rioters threw punches and jetted pepper spray.
It's clear that no amount of flag-waving can erase Trump's devastating impact on the LGBTQ+ community in the last four years.
Not only did Trump rollback protections for queer people in housing, education, healthcare, employment, citizenship, and the military, but he's also incited violence against our community as a result.
According to GLAAD, Trump attacked the LGBTQ+ community a total of 180 times. His divisive language helped created an uptick in hate crimes. Last year alone saw the deadliest year for transgender murders.
As the nation continues to heal, let's remember that there is light at the end of the tunnel.
While Trump proved to be the most divisive presidents in history, Biden aims to be the most inclusive. Not only has he promised to pass the Equality Act during his first 100 days as president, which would eliminate discrimination for LGBTQ+ people in most walks of life, but he also vowed to reverse the transgender military ban.
Biden has called transgender equality the civil rights issue of our time and he’s vowed to address violence against trans women of color, head on, while also ending the misuse of religious-based discrimination, and much more.