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posted Friday, June 23, 2017 - Volume 45 Issue 25
Murray, Cantwell send letter on LGBTQ rights to Trump

'We urge you to change course,' they say
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Murray, Cantwell send letter on LGBTQ rights to Trump

'We urge you to change course,' they say

by Mike Andrew - SGN Staff Writer

Washington's senators, Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell, have sent a tough letter to Donald Trump, taking him to task for his anti-LGBTQ actions since becoming president.

'We urge you to change course and to commit yourself to promoting equality and protecting the right of all Americans to live free from discrimination,' the senators said in their letter.

'If you refuse, and you continue pushing your anti-LGBTQ agenda, we will hold you accountable, every step of the way, for the harm that arises from your actions against LGBTQ Americans.'

Among the issues cited by the senators were:

o The US Departments of Justice and Education rescinding guidance that protected the rights of transgender students and clarified how the departments will enforce civil rights protections, causing uncertainty for Transgender students and our nation's schools;

o Several agencies, including the US Census Bureau, US Department of Housing and Urban Development, and US Department of Health and Human Services, reversing course on even the most basic data collection related to sexual orientation and gender identity, limiting the ability to measure whether federal programs are meeting the needs of LGBTQ people; and

o Nominating and appointing a series of homophobic and transphobic people to key posts within the administration.

'Pride Month is a time when LGBTQ Americans and countless allies come together to celebrate the diversity that gives our country its strength. Since the beginning of your administration, you have claimed to be supportive of the LGBTQ community, yet the actions of your administration tell a markedly different story,' the senators wrote in their letter.

'While your White House has said that you are 'committed to protecting the rights of all Americans, including the LGBTQ community, and continue to be respectful and supportive of LGBTQ rights, just as [you were] throughout the election,' your actions as president are deeply concerning and in conflict with this statement,' the senators added.

In their press release announcing the letter, Murray's office cited HRC and GLAAD evaluations of Trump's dismal record in office. GLAAD's Trump Accountability Project, for example, documents the anti-LGBTQ actions of every prominent member of the Trump administration from the president on down.

Both Murray and Cantwell are co-sponsors of the LGBT Equality Act, which would add protections for sexual orientation and gender identity to federal civil rights laws.

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