GLAAD, the world’s LGBTQ media advocacy organization, today launched the Trump Accountability Project (TAP). TAP is a resource for journalists, editors, producers, and other news makers reporting on the Trump administration which catalogues the anti-LGBTQ statements and actions of Donald Trump and those in or being considered for his administration. The resource also catalogues other discriminatory and hateful statements made by Trump and his appointees.
“Since Donald Trump’s rise to president-elect, we have seen an unprecedented amount of misinformation and blatant lies go unquestioned and unchallenged in national news media,” said GLAAD President & CEO Sarah Kate Ellis. “The rampant misinformation promulgated by Trump and those in his circle often contributes to a climate of hostility that puts marginalized communities in harm’s way. The Trump Accountability Project will shine a spotlight of truth on the hateful records of individuals who are or may be participating in the upcoming administration.”
Based on GLAAD’s successful Commentator Accountability Project, TAP will equip journalists, as well as everyday people, to hold Trump and his administration accountable for their words and actions. It will also serve as a reminder that many in the incoming administration have blatantly pledged to dismantle the legal protections that LGBTQ people, as well as other communities, have achieved over the past several years.
“All too-often, journalists on deadline don’t have the time or resources to fully uncover the detestable history of anti-LGBTQ rhetoric and voting records of many people in Trump’s circle,” continued Ellis. “This project will put this critical information into the hands of newsrooms, editors, hosts, and reporters so that they may better report on and challenge the hateful actions and statements of those they are covering.”
TAP will include first-hand statements, video, and/or audio to document the animus displayed by people being appointed to or considered for positions of power in the Trump administration. GLAAD will update the profiles with new statements that disparage LGBTQ people, women, Muslims, immigrants, and many others.