The newly revamped White House website on President Trump’s first day in office no longer has the page the Obama administration maintained on LGBT issues, invoking the ire of LGBT advocates.
Numerous social media posts on Friday pointed out after Trump’s inauguration the LGBT page, formerly found at whitehouse.gov/lgbt, is no longer there. The entire White House website has been scrubbed of any use of the LGBT acronym.
The new website appears to have transmitted over many of the policy positions found during the presidential election on the Trump campaign website, which, unlike that of Hillary Clinton, didn’t contain a page on LGBT rights. Although LGBT issues are omitted, the website does make commitments to law enforcement officials and veterans.
Similarly, the website for the Department of Labor has removed a report on Advancing LGBT Workplace Rights, according to the Human Rights Campaign. The Labor Department immediately didn’t respond to request to comment about removal of the report.
LGBT advocates pounced on the LGBT removal from the White House website, warning the omission must not foretell the rolling back of LGBT rights under a Trump administration.
Chad Griffin, president of the Human Rights Campaign, said in a statement the removal contradicts the remarks Trump delivered moments earlier in his inauguration speech.
“Moments ago, President Trump pledged to serve all Americans, while simultaneously scrubbing every mention of LGBTQ people from the White House website. The Department of Labor’s crucial report on worker rights has also disappeared,” Griffin said. “If President Trump truly believes in uniting the country, now is the time to make clear whether he will be an ally to the LGBTQ community in our struggle for full equality. We are prepared to do whatever it takes to protect our community and our progress.”
Rachel Tiven, CEO of Lambda Legal, said the removal of the White House webpage on LGBT issues is an attempt by the new president to place LGBT people back in the closet.
“Donald Trump has already nominated a startlingly antigay cabinet, and erasing us from the White House website signals how he truly feels about LGBT people and everyone living with HIV,” Tiven said. “Donald Trump is already sending a clear signal that he has no intention of serving as the president of all Americans. He should know that Lambda Legal is watching the administration’s every move, and will fight him at every turn.”
A White House official said the Obama administration pledged to wipe clean its digital accounts and platforms before handing them over and the new website would soon have additional information.
“The Trump Administration will be populating the site with new content in the weeks and months that follow,” the official said. “The initial launch featured biographies, select new issue pages, and a live stream of the Inaugural events.”
The official didn’t immediately respond to a follow-up on whether the Trump administration’s position on LGBT issues would be included in further updates.