GLAAD has released a much-needed video counterpoint to last night’s speech at the Republican National Convention from the former Acting Director of the United States National Intelligence. Richard Grenell delivered a speech at the event that critics say was filled with inaccuracies and downright falsehoods, including the assertion that Trump is “the strongest ally that gay Americans have ever had in the White House," an assertion that has no grounding in reality.
“Though Grenell will no doubt continue to misrepresent the Trump Administration’s history in an appalling attempt to sway LGBTQ people and our allies, our community will remain vigilant and point to the truth,” Sarah Kate Ellis, GLAAD president and CEO, said in a statement accompanying the new video. “The facts are the facts and this administration has attacked the LGBTQ community in rhetoric and policy over 170 times, even most recently arguing to the Supreme Court in favor of allowing adoption agencies to turn away LGBTQ couples.”
The one-minute video notes just a few of the attacks the Trump administration has launched upon the LGBTQ+ community. Among these are his administration’s arguments before the U.S. Supreme Court to make it legal to discriminate against and fire LGBTQ+ employees, his efforts to deny medical care to trans persons, and recent decrees preventing trans military personnel from serving their country.
Grenell, who is gay, recently called out GLAAD by name for an earlier television commercial that appeared on Fox News to coincide with the RNC.
Ellis gave far better than she got in her response to Grenell, though, noting he “unequivocally does not speak for the vast majority of LGBTQ Americans” who see through the Trump administration’s web of bigotry and deceit.
In addition to her statements and release of the video, Ellis also penned an op-ed in Newsweek slamming both Grenell and his lies about the LGBTQ+ record of Trump.
“Those who claim President Trump has led his party to ‘meaningful policy victories’ for LGBTQ people have a distorted view of ‘victories,’” Ellis wrote. “The administration has deployed multiple agencies to roll back protections for LGBTQ people where we need it most—in health care, housing, education and the military. It has repeatedly argued all the way to the Supreme Court against LGBTQ workers, and LGBTQ families, in a case to be heard this fall.”