On Tuesday, the White House confirmed that President Trump will continue to enact President Obama’s workplace protections for federal LGBT workers and contractors.
“The president is proud to have been the first ever GOP nominee to mention the LGBTQ community in his nomination acceptance speech, pledging then to protect the community from violence and oppression,” a statement from the White House reads. “The executive order signed in 2014, which protects employees from anti-LGBTQ workplace discrimination while working for federal contractors, will remain intact.”
The order was first signed by President Obama in 2014. The action was the first to ban discrimination in federal contracts for all LGBT people.
Throughout the month, Log Cabin Republicans, a conservative LGBT group, urged the Trump transition team to maintain Obama’s order. The group’s president, Gregory T. Angelo, released a statement advocating for Trump and his action.
“Donald Trump campaigned promising to be a ‘real friend’ to the LGBT community, and now President Trump is delivering on that commitment,” Angelo said. “Log Cabin Republicans is proud to have directly advocated for this important preservation of LGBT equality in the federal workforce, and heartened to see that the recommendations prescribed in our white paper on this subject have been reflected in the Trump Administration’s decision.”
Trump’s action comes after there were many rumors that the president would sign a religious freedoms act which could have dismantled some of the LGBT protections put forth by the Obama administration.