New York – GLAAD, the world’s largest LGBTQ media advocacy organization, slammed Trump’s record on LGBTQ people in a statement in advance of the President’s State of the Union Address and for his consistent attacks on marginalized communities, including the LGBTQ community. “There is no reason for LGBTQ Americans or anyone else to see tonight’s State of the Union as anything more than empty rhetoric designed to distract from what’s really happening behind the scenes every day,” said Sarah Kate Ellis, President and CEO at GLAAD. “What LGBTQ people know is this: The Trump Administration is the most anti-LGBTQ in modern history, and will seemingly stoop to any low to roll back the hard-won progress of marginalized communities in this country.”

According to GLAAD’s Trump Accountability Project (TAP), President Trump and his administration have unleashed more than 92 attacks against LGBTQ Americans in policy and rhetoric. From disbanding of the Presidential Advisory Council on HIV and AIDS, discharging two service members living with HIV, and banning transgender service members from openly serving their country, GLAAD has catalogued every anti-LGBTQ action by this administration at Glaad.org/trump.

Members of Congress invited transgender service members, whose service to the nation is in jeopardy under a proposed ban by the President, to attend the State of the Union. Meanwhile, GLAAD took the Trump Administration to task yesterday for its call for an end to HIV transmissions by 2030, a pledge undermined in advance by the Administration’s own record and rhetoric. t (Seattle Gay News at Sgn.org/sgnnews47_06/page1.cfm)