Contrary to a common Democrat talking point, President Donald Trump has been a friend and ally to the LGBT community—not just here in America, but around the world.
Just last year, for instance, the Trump administration launched a global campaign to decriminalize homosexuality in the dozens of nations where it is still illegal to be gay, some of which consider homosexual activity a capital crime. Predictably, instead of praising this worthy initiative, the mainstream media have largely ignored it or downplayed its merits.
President Trump also announced in 2019 that he will launch an ambitious project to eradicate HIV/AIDS in the United States by 2030, laying out a vision that involves targeting areas where new infections are occurring and getting highly effective drugs to people at risk of infection. Health and Human Services Secretary Alex Azar was optimistic about the effort, saying, “The tools are there. This is about execution.”
AIDS is an awful disease, cutting many lives short and severely reducing quality of life for patients and their families —and Americans in the LGBT community are particularly vulnerable to the disease. Tragically, gay and bisexual men represent 70 percent of new HIV diagnoses in the United States as of 2017, a year when nearly 500,000 sexually active gay and bisexual men were at high risk of contracting the disease.
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By reducing the proliferation of HIV/AIDS in the United States, President Trump can eliminate one of the greatest health concerns affecting LGBT Americans. And although progressive activists have long been vocally supportive of efforts to eradicate HIV/AIDS, the mainstream media was once again almost totally silent when President Trump announced this historic initiative.
President Trump’s actions speak louder than the empty, pandering words of establishment politicians who have allowed the AIDS crisis to fester for decades. He clearly believes that gay rights are human rights, as he demonstrated last year when he convinced Gilead Sciences, Inc. to donate pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) medications to more than 200,000 Americans each year for up to 11 years. These drugs significantly reduce the likelihood of HIV infection in high-risk individuals, offering public health officials a crucial tool for reducing the infection rate while researchers look for a cure. Mainstream media outlets barely covered this landmark deal, despite the massive benefits it will provide for Americans who are at risk of contracting the horrible disease.
President Trump’s Food and Drug Administration has also removed antiquated regulations that forbade blood donations from LGBT Americans, a rule that had long since become merely a subtle form of discrimination against LGBT Americans. Not only does this right a historic injustice, but it also increases the availability of much-needed blood donations amid the coronavirus epidemic.
President Barack Obama had two full terms to reverse this discriminatory policy, but he did not act. Yet, when President Trump took action, it went practically unnoticed by the mainstream media.
The record is clear: Donald Trump is arguably the greatest advocate for LGBT rights ever to occupy the White House.
Brandon Straka is an actor and the Founder of the Walk Away social media campaign.
This piece was written by Brandon Straka on July 30, 2020. It originally appeared in LifeZette and is used by permission.
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