Do you remember when Trump held that rainbow flag in his tiny fingers during his campaign? He smiled that awful Cheshire cat grin and waved the flag just pissing his pants that he was the first Republican candidate to ’embrace’ the LGBT community.
Unfortunately, his embrace is just as f*cking scary as that handshake of his.
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On Monday, he proved that his vow to protect this community was just as false as the vow that Mexico was paying for his
monument wall. I would take this moment to laugh if it weren’t so damn sad. The first section of The Presidential Executive Order on the Revocation of Federal Contracting Executive Orders (try to say that one time fast) revokes several of Obama’s executive orders protecting us from being abused at work.
To break it down, this new order tears the legs off Obama’s “Fair Pay and Safe Workplaces” order. Companies working under federal contracts no longer have to prove that they have complied with federal laws that ban discrimination based on sexual identity or orientation.
Those of us smart enough to know that Trump was talking out his ass when he said in January he would continue to protect the LGBT’s community’s rights aren’t surprised. A statement from the White House read:
The executive order signed in 2014, which protects employees from anti-LGBTQ workplace discrimination while working for federal contractors, will remain intact at the direction of President Donald J. Trump
While he didn’t technically overturn the specific order that added sexual orientation and gender identity to protected worker classes, he has made it nearly impossible to enforce those protections. There will be no threat of losing a federal contract if the law isn’t followed because Lord Cheeto has declared it so.
LGBT advocates say that by signing this order, the federal government will be able to look the other way if the companies it works with are hit with claims of racism, sexual harassment and unjust firings. Why worry about workers’ rights if they interfere with production, amiright? He promised jobs, but he sure as hell didn’t promise workers they would be secure in those jobs.