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Trump ignores Pride Month in favor of broader pitch to LGBTQ voters

The Biden campaign has been actively celebrating Pride Month with ads, interviews and engagement with local LGBTQ groups and celebrities in an effort to motivate voters ahead of November.

Former President Trump’s campaign took a decidedly different approach.

The Trump campaign has not taken any concrete actions to mark Pride Month, a move reminiscent of Trump’s years in the White House. Did not issue A proclamation recognizing the month in celebration of the LGBTQ community.

Instead, Trump and his allies have made the broad case that his policies on the economy and border benefit LGBTQ Americans just as much as they benefit other communities, even as the former president has attacked transgender athletes and vowed to roll back transgender student protections enacted by the Biden administration.

“By curbing inflation and the skyrocketing cost of living, cutting taxes, and restoring law and order to our communities, President Trump’s second term will create a safer and more prosperous America for all Americans, regardless of gender, sexual orientation, race, religion or creed!” Trump campaign spokeswoman Caroline Leavitt said in a statement.

Republican and Trump campaign officials said they would not focus their outreach to LGBTQ voters on Pride Month, but instead rely on coalition groups to make the case over the coming months that voters of all backgrounds, genders and sexual orientations had fared better under Trump than they did under Biden.

The centrist think tank, the Independent Centre, Survey of 600 Americans Earlier this year, a poll of LGBTQ-identified voters found that 56% would definitely vote for or support Biden, compared with 28% who said they would definitely or likely support President Trump, and 16% were undecided.

The poll also found that 24% of respondents said “jobs and the economy” was the most pressing issue for the country, making it the most commonly chosen issue among those surveyed.

“The economy and recession that Joe Biden and the Democrats have brought has negatively affected gay families, just as it has affected Latino families, Asian families and everyone else in this country,” said Charles Moran, president of the LGBTQ group Log Cabin Republicans. “So we shouldn’t have to have a policy portfolio that we have to present to different communities. Life was better under Donald Trump, and it didn’t matter what color your skin was, what your gender was, what your sexual identity was.”

Former first lady Melania Trump attended a fundraiser at Mar-a-Lago in April for Log Cabin Republicans, which supported Trump in 2020. Money raised from the event is expected to support the group’s voter outreach efforts on behalf of the Trump campaign and lower-ranking Republican candidates in the coming months.

But despite these outreach efforts, Trump has also promised policies that would severely hinder members of the LGBTQ community.

These include enacting at least 12 policies targeting transgender rights if Trump is re-elected, including a nationwide ban on transgender student-athletes from competing according to their gender identity and a federal law that recognizes only two genders.

He also vows to punish health care workers who provide gender-reassignment care to minors and roll back new protections for transgender students on his first day in office.

Trump has banned transgender people from serving openly in the military, gutted Obama-era non-discrimination laws against LGBTQ people, and rejected a request by the U.S. embassy to fly the rainbow flag during Pride Month.

Still, Trump’s supporters argue that the former president ushered in a new era in the Republican Party that is more welcoming to LGBTQ Americans.

The officials noted that the Trump administration includes several openly gay officials, including Acting Director of National Intelligence Richard Grenell, and that Trump made comments after winning the 2016 presidential election that the issue of same-sex marriage was settled.

“He has a history as a philanthropist, businessman and politician, all consistent with his commitment to inclusion of LGBT people,” Moran said.

LGBTQ voters may not make up a large percentage of the national electorate, but their votes could determine the outcome of what is expected to be a closely contested election in November.

Exit polls A post-election survey of 2020 voters found that 7% of voters identified as lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. Of these voters, 64% supported Biden and 27% voted for Trump.

Biden has frequently touted himself and his administration as the most pro-LGBTQ in history, expanding federal anti-discrimination protections for LGBTQ people in his first year in office and condemning violence and intimidation against the LGBTQ community. In 2022, Biden signed marriage equality into law.

Biden has also voiced opposition to state-level laws that target transgender youth, as well as Florida’s “Don’t Say Gay” law, which limits discussion of sexual orientation and gender identity in Florida schools.

In April, the Biden campaign launched “Out for Biden-Harris,” a national initiative aimed at mobilizing LGBTQ voters. First Lady Jill Biden celebrated the start of Pride Month by attending the Pittsburgh Pride Festival. The campaign plans to attend more than 200 Pride events throughout the month to spread the message that the choice in November is clear.

“This Pride is an important opportunity to remember the progress our community has made under President Biden and the importance of this election for LGBTQ+ Americans at a time when Trump is openly running to strip away our rights,” Biden campaign spokesman Kevin Munoz said in a statement.

“From threatening IVF treatments to attacking LGBTQ+ marriage, Trump’s Project 2025 policies will strip us of our rights and sow unnecessary hatred and division for Trump’s political gain,” he added.