LGBT law­mak­ers na­tion­wide call on Trump to ad­vance equal­ity

Hun­dreds, in­clud­ing Ge­or­gia LGBT law­mak­ers, sign let­ter to pres­i­dent

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Four Ge­or­gia law­mak­ers joined 152 other LGBT elected of­fi­cials across the coun­try in call­ing on Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump to ad­vance LGBT equal­ity dur­ing his pres­i­dency. The mes­sage was sent in an open let­ter on Jan. 13, say­ing there were “grave con­cerns” over the pres­i­dent-elect’s Cabi­net ap­point­ments.

“Nearly all hold anti-LGBT views aimed at deny­ing our com­mu­nity ac­cep­tance and in­clu­sion in Amer­i­can so­ci­ety. Many proudly tout leg­isla­tive records op­pos­ing ba­sic rights for LGBT Amer­i­cans, and oth­ers ex­press dis­dain for our lives and re­la­tion­ships,” the let­ter read. “In­tended or not, th­ese ap­point­ments sig­nal a Trump ad­min­is­tra­tion pre­par­ing to roll back re­cent ad­vances for LGBT peo­ple, and an ad­min­is­tra­tion op­posed to LGBT peo­ple liv­ing open and free.”

Join­ing the law­mak­ers in sign­ing the let­ter were state Reps. Park Can­non (D-At­lanta), Karla Dren­ner (D-Avon­dale Es­tates) and Sam Park (D-Lawrenceville) along with At­lanta City Coun­cilmem­ber Alex Wan, who re­cently an­nounced a run for Coun­cil pres­i­dent. U.S. Reps. Sean Patrick Maloney (D-N.Y.) and Mark Po­can (D-Wisc.) were the two fed­eral-level law­mak­ers join­ing 154 state of­fi­cials.

“Th­ese LGBT elected of­fi­cials rep­re­sent Amer­ica at its best – di­verse lead­ers who make the val­ues of in­clu­sion, fair­ness and jus­tice the cor­ner­stone of their pol­icy po­si­tions and de­ci­sion-mak­ing,” said Aisha C. Moodie-Mills, Pres­i­dent and CEO of Gay & Les­bian Vic­tory In­sti­tute, in a state­ment. “This let­ter urges the pres­i­dent-elect to gov­ern by those core Amer­i­can val­ues, and to put for­ward leg­is­la­tion and poli­cies that im­prove qual­ity of life for all Amer­i­cans. They are us­ing their col­lec­tive voice to de­mand con­tin­ued progress on equal­ity, and to make clear they will op­pose any ef­forts that threaten our rights or fam­i­lies.”

More than 40 LGBT law­mak­ers be­gan work on the open let­ter dur­ing a closed-door strat­egy ses­sion at Gay & Les­bian Vic­tory In­sti­tute’s In­ter­na­tional Lead­ers Con­fer­ence in Wash­ing­ton, D.C. last month.

“We sin­cerely hope you aim to be a pres­i­dent for all Amer­i­cans – in­clud­ing LGBT Amer­i­cans of ev­ery race, eth­nic­ity, gen­der and re­li­gion,” the let­ter con­cluded. “As rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the LGBT com­mu­nity, we will hold your ad­min­is­tra­tion ac­count­able for ac­tions that in­fringe upon our rights and op­por­tu­ni­ties, and will op­pose pres­i­den­tial ap­pointees who den­i­grate or harm our com­mu­nity. But we much pre­fer to work with you to con­tinue the in­cred­i­ble progress to­ward LGBT equal­ity – to have you stand with us on the right side of his­tory. We hope you voice your sup­port for ex­ist­ing rights and pro­tec­tions for LGBT Amer­i­cans, and com­mit to fur­ther­ing LGBT equal­ity dur­ing your pres­i­dency. We prom­ise to be a strong and per­sis­tent voice for equal­ity ei­ther way.”

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