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This is the one mention of ‘gay’ on the White House website

January 24, 2017

The entirety of the White House website now makes just one reference to the word “gay”.

Since the Trump administration took control, all mentions of LGBT rights have been deleted from the White House website.

Now there’s just one reference to “gay” left – and it’s not talking about sexuality.

Its only mention is in relation to a biography of Grace Coolidge, First Lady of 30th President, Calvin Coolidge.

It uses the term “gay” to mean happiness.

As Donald Trump and Mike Pence were sworn in, a mostly-seamless transition took place online, with the new administration taking control of the official Presidential media channels.

But amid the exchanges of Twitter account handles and Facebook profiles, the official White House website has also been relaunched reflecting the new administration’s agenda.

Activists have noticed one glaring omission: the section on LGBT rights has been entirely deleted.

The new President has never released a proper policy plan on LGBT issues, and also has no policy plan on HIV/AIDS.

One of the new President’s only direct policy pledges it to sign the Republican-backed First Amendment Defence Act, a law that would permit forms of anti-LGBT discrimination on the grounds of religion.

Rather than be replaced with details of Trump’s policies, the LGBT section has simply been deleted – along with other sections including climate change and women’s rights.

President Obama’s administration had maintained a now-deleted website area for engagement with the LGBT community, including a regularly-updated blog detailing policy commitments, and details about the White House’s LGBT work.

It stated: “President Obama is committed to working with all Americans to create the brightest future for our country through innovation, education and building new technologies and more connected communities.

“Since taking office, the President has demonstrated that his vision for a brighter future includes greater equality for LGBT Americans. The President and his Administration are dedicated to eliminating barriers to equality, fighting discrimination based on sexual orientation and gender identity, and engaging LGBT communities across the country.”

More: digital, Gay, LGBT, online, US, US, White House

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