The world’s largest LGBTQ+ media advocacy organization just released an ad in time to correct the likely lies of President Trump and the Republican National Convention taking place this week. Entitled The Conversation, the commercial from GLAAD quickly highlights many of the dangers the Trump administration presents to the LGBTQ+ community, including his lack of support for the Equality Act currently stalled in the senate.
“So much is at stake for LGBTQ Americans right now, yet LGBTQ issues have been nearly invisible from the national media narrative since Donald Trump’s election in 2016 and are not being talked about enough in this year’s election coverage,” GLAAD President and CEO Sarah Kate Ellis said in a statement. “At a time when Americans are entrenched in their own media bubbles, this ad shows why the Equality Act is critical to LGBTQ people and those who love them, and how the Trump Administration and Republicans in Congress are blocking its passage.”
The paid commercial, which appeared this morning on Fox and Friends, features two actors playing a mother and son having a conversation via Zoom. The son is patiently explaining to his mother about the assault on the LGBTQ+ community by the Trump administration.
“Ma, do you know that I could be evicted for being gay? Or turned away at the ER? Donald Trump opposes the bill that would change that," the actor in the commercial says to his mother .
While Trump surrogates on the right claim he is the most pro-LGBTQ+ president in the nation’s history, GLAAD’s ongoing research via the Trump Accountability Project shows a steady pattern of attacks on LGBTQ+ rights and issues. The Project has documented nearly 170 attacks on the community so far, including his opposition to the Equality Act. If passed, the Equality Act would ban anti-LGBTQ+ discrimination in a variety of sectors including employment, housing, and more. It is currently stalled in the Senate. Biden ahs committed to trying to pass the bill within his first 100 days.
GLAAD sees the ad as a necessary counterpoint to the fake news spread about the president’s record on equality.
“Given Fox News' track record on spreading misinformation or keeping LGBTQ issues invisible, it’s critical that we reach those viewers with what they need to know about what’s at stake for LGBTQ people at this pivotal moment in our history,” said Ellis.