UPDATED: Official White House website scrubbed of LGBTQ content
Update: We’ve gotten some questions about this claim and thought we’d clarify.
Searching “LGBTQ” on whitehouse.gov yields the message as seen in the top image.
The fact checking site Snopes has said the clearing of the website was announced earlier this week and it was made clear the information and sites from Obama’s administration would be recreated on https://obamawhitehouse.archives.gov where text from below was taken.
The Obama administration has sections of their website devoted to issues, much like Trump does. Under Obama’s issues page things like civil rights, including LGBTQ people, and voting rights are listed.
Under Trumps Issues page, topics like “Standing Up For Our Law Enforcement Community” and “America First Foreign Policy” are listed.
You can interpret that as you wish, but as an LGBTQ-issue focused publication, not listing sexual minorities or discrimination or civil rights in a list of “issues” shows a lack of interest in the topic, or at least a significant reprioritizing at a time when those issues are in danger.
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Obama’s LGBTQ legacy, and any mention of the “LGBT” acronym, has been removed from any whitehouse.gov pages.
The website, the official website of now President Donald Trump, still has googled cached (saved) results, but clicking on those links takes you to a blank website saying the content “could not be found”
Obama’s support for LGBTQs was slow to come, but it came in force with numerous executive orders, Pride month proclamations, and messages of support for the sexual minority community. All of that is gone now, according to Whitehouse.gov.
Thankfully, those messages seem to be archived in another website, https://obamawhitehouse.archives.gov. There you can still see content like a first hand account of a gay Filipino man congratulating America after the legalization of same-sex marriage or copy of Obama’s 2016 Pride Month proclamation.
It’s time like these when proclamations like that matter most – as dark days approach, remember Obama’s words, folks:
There remains much work to do to extend the promise of our country to every American, but because of the acts of courage of the millions who came out and spoke out to demand justice and of those who quietly toiled and pushed for progress, our Nation has made great strides in recognizing what these brave individuals long knew to be true in their hearts — that love is love and that no person should be judged by anything but the content of their character. During Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, and Transgender Pride Month, as Americans wave their flags of pride high and march boldly forward in parades and demonstrations, let us celebrate how far we have come and reaffirm our steadfast belief in the equal dignity of all Americans.
Despite promises from Trump to be a “friend to the gays,” his VP candidate Mike Pence has one of the most anti-LGBTQ records imaginable for a man with such power in the US. One of his landmark goals, defunding health clinics in Indiana where he was Governor, lead to the state’s first HIV/AIDS outbreak. Then there was his support for conversion therapy and effort to legalize discrimination that set the tone for future anti-LGBTQ legislation.
“As long as Trump holds office, his band of mostly old white men (GBT seniors excluded) will make moves to ignore and marginalize.”March 22, 2017
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