Trump Broke Predecessor’s Tradition of Proclaiming LGBT Pride Month

By Zenny Phuong | June 14, 2017 | 6:06pm EDT
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( – President Trump signed five proclamations on May 31 regarding the month of June, but none of them declared it “Lesbian Gay Bisexual and Transgender Pride Month” – a tradition marked by former President Obama every year of his administration.

President Bill Clinton was the first president to mark June in this way, proclaiming what he then called simply “Gay and Lesbian Pride Month” in 2000, his last full year in office.

His example was not followed by President George W. Bush, who had been outspoken against legalizing same-sex marriage. Obama in 2009 reinstated what by the time he left office had become an annual tradition. In 2015, during the month, the White House was lit up in rainbow colors to celebrate the Supreme Court’s declaration that same-sex marriage is a “right.”

On May 31, Trump administration issued proclamations declaring June to be National Ocean Month, African-American Music Appreciation Month and Great Outdoors Month – all traditions kept by his predecessor.

Trump additionally declared June National Homeownership Month and National Caribbean-American Heritage Month.

Despite the absence of a presidential proclamation on Pride Month, people across the country will still be holding Pride festivals, with events planned from Albuquerque to Alaska throughout June.

Some are taking the opportunity to turn the celebration into protests against the administration.

Organizers of the Equality March for Pride and Unity, which rallied past the White House on Sunday, stated that its purpose was to “peacefully and clearly address concerns about the current political landscapes and how it is contributing to the persecution and discrimination of LGBTQ+ individuals.”

NPR reported that one group of protesters, whose friend was killed in the shooting at a gay nightclub in Orlando, Fla. last year, carried lettered signs spelling out the word “Resistance.”

According to Breitbart, protesters of the Los Angeles’ “Resist March” on the same day, vandalized Trump’s star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame with stickers bearing words like “Transphobia,” “Homophobia,” “Misogyny,” Corruption,” and “Dissent. Don’t Relent.”

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