An Instagram post hit the world with a pleasant blue theme saturating the viewers’ experience. It combined the blue wave with a host of other blue hints. Donald Trump probably would not like it.
The Instagram meme look included a man wearing a blue statement wig, out-of-this-world blue boots, and even blue lipstick. It read:
‘NO NO, DON’T TELL ME. LET ME GUESS…TRUMP IS NOT YOUR PRESIDENT?’
Trump would definitely not like it because he is transphobic, according to the National Center for Transgender Equality. He has a long record of anti-transgender and anti-LGBT actions. Just last November 23, the U.S. president got rid of critical guidance for managers in the Office of Personnel Management (OPM).
The Department of Labor produced a new directive for Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs (OFCCP) on August 10, 2018. It erased material in the OFCCP frequently asked questions on LGBT nondiscrimination protections for religious exemptions.
Former attorney general Jeff Sessions declared that the U.S. no longer saw gang and domestic violence as a reason for granting asylum on June 11, 2018. That also included language that would exclude legitimate LGBT asylum-seekers.
The Bureau of Prisons, which falls under the Department of Justice (DOJ), housed transgender people in federal prisons by their assigned sex at birth starting May 11, 2018. That rolled back existing protections.
The White House began a discriminatory ban on all existing transgender people in the military. This occurred on March 23, 2018.
The Department of Education will no longer accept complaints from transgender students on February 18, 2018. These include “expulsion from school facilities.”
On January 26, 2018, the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) urged medical providers to deny treatment for transgender people based upon religious grounds.
The DHHS Office of Civil Rights began a Conscience and Religious Freedom Division on January 18, 2018. It allowed health care providers to deny care on the basis of “religious or moral reasons.”
On December 14, 2017, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention staff were told they could no long use the words “transgender,” “vulnerable,” “entitlement,” “diversity,” “fetus,” “evidence-based,” and “science-based” in official documents.
The DOJ provided a “license to discriminate” that allowed illegal discrimination based upon religious reasons on October 6, 2017. This applied to:
‘…federal agencies, government contractors, government grantees, and even private businesses.’
The DOJ also informed the department’s attorneys to operate along the basis that “federal law does not protect transgender workers from discrimination.” This occurred on October 5, 2017.
In addition, the DOJ held in a legal brief on September 7, 2017 on behalf of the U.S.:
‘…arguing for a constitutional right for businesses to discriminate on the basis of sexual orientation and, implicitly, gender identity.’
On August 25, 2017, Trump directed the Defense Department to come up with a plan:
‘…to discharge transgender military service members and to maintain a ban on recruitment.’
On one of his official tweets, Trump said on July 26, 2017:
‘…the United States Government will not accept or allow Transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the U.S. Military.’
The DOJ also filed a legal brief on July 26, 2017:
‘…on behalf of the United States in the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, arguing that the 1964 Civil Rights Act does not prohibit discrimination based on sexual orientation or, implicitly, gender identity. ‘
The Department of Education withdrew its previous support of an Ohio transgender girl’s discrimination charge against an Ohio school district on June 14, 2017. This, even though a federal judge agreed with the girl.
The list goes on.
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