Trump: Let's 'Recognize the Outstanding Contributions LGBT People Have Made to Our Great Nation'

By Michael W. Chapman | June 7, 2019 | 12:47pm EDT
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( -- President Donald Trump applauded gay, bisexual, and transgender Americans in a recent tweet, noting that "we celebrate LGBT Pride Month" in June and also "recognize the outstanding contributions LGBT people have made to our great Nation." Trump added that his administration has launched an international campaign to "decriminalize homosexuality" worldwide. 

In a two-part tweet on May 31, President Trump wrote, "As we celebrate LGBT Pride Month and recognize the outstanding contributions LGBT people have made to our great Nation, let us also stand in solidarity with the many LGBT people who live in dozens of countries worldwide that punish, imprison, or even execute individuals....


"....on the basis of their sexual orientation. My Administration has launched a global campaign to decriminalize homosexuality and invite all nations to join us in this effort!"

June is promoted by many governments and institutions as "Pride Month" in honor of the Stonewall riot in 1968, when gay partiers fought back against the police during a vice raid on the homosexual bar, the Stonewall Inn. 

According to the Library of Congress, "Today, [Pride Month] celebrations include pride parades, picnics, parties, workshops, symposia and concerts, and LGBTQ Pride Month events attract millions of participants around the world.

"Memorials are held during this month for those members of the community who have been lost to hate crimes or HIV/AIDS. The purpose of the commemorative month is to recognize the impact that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender individuals have had on history locally, nationally, and internationally."

Apple CEO Tim Cook.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

Some of the well-known homosexuals in American history and culture include Andy Warhol, singer Michael Sipe, James Dean, Rock Hudson, Liberace, Ellen Degeneres, Apple's Tim Cook, Rep. Barney Frank (D), poet Allen Ginsberg, poet Hart Crane, Gore Vidal, Tennessee Williams, DreamWorks' David Geffen, Sen. Tammy Baldwin (D), CNN's Anderson Cooper, CNN's Don Lemon, ABC's Robin Roberts, MSNBC's Rachel Maddow, tennis legend Martina Navratilova, writer William S. Burroughs, Harvey Milk, Gertrude Stein, Truman Capote, Annie Leibovitz and photographer Robert Mapplethorpe.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), "Gay and bisexual men are the population most affected by HIV," the virus that causes AIDS.  "In 2017, gay and bisexual men accounted for 66% (25,748) of all HIV diagnoses and 82% of diagnoses among males."

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Homosexual and bisexual men account for "[m]ore than half of the estimated 1.1 million people with diagnosed and undiagnosed HIV in the United States (57 percent, or an estimated 648,500 gay and bisexual men in 2016)," according to the CDC.

"While CDC estimates that 4 percent of men in the United States are gay or bisexual, the rate of new HIV diagnoses among them is more than 44 times that of other men," reported the agency. "Stage 4 HIV, or AIDS, continues to claim the lives of too many gay and bisexual men. Since the beginning of the epidemic, more than 325,000 gay and bisexual men with AIDS have died."

"Anal sex is the highest-risk sexual behavior," states the CDC. "Receptive anal sex (bottoming) is riskier than insertive anal sex (topping).... Having many sex partners or having other STDs can increase the chances of getting HIV through sex."

The CDC also reports, "While anyone who has sex can get an STD [sexually transmitted disease], sexually active gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men (MSM) are at greater risk. In addition to having higher rates of syphilis, more than half of all new HIV infections occur among MSM."

"Gay and bisexual men are at greater risk for hepatitis A and B, and human papillomavirus (HPV)," reports the CDC.  "For this reason, CDC recommends that you get vaccinated against hepatitis A and B," if you are a homosexual."

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