A Post-Election Message to our Members & Friends

The 2016 election season was both incredibly exciting, and obviously also highly polarizing. Even within our own party and Log Cabin, there has been a variance of opinions. Differing views should always be respected, and regardless of who you were rooting for this election, it is time for all of us to come together, and continue fighting for the issues that matter to us. 

However, the bullying and threats we are starting to see expressed on social media and elsewhere by the Left towards many of our members and others who did support President-Elect Trump, needs to stop. Taking time to mourn a loss is understandable, but if President Obama and President-Elect Trump can shake hands earlier this week, and vow to work together, then the Left and the Right within the LGBT community should be able to do the same.
For those concerned about how LGBT liberties might be affected in a Trump Presidency, we would just like to point out the following statements and actions by Trump regarding our community.
“In all truth, I don’t care whether or not a person is gay. I judge people based on their capability, honesty, and merit… I’ve worked with many gay people. I have met some tough, talented, capable, terrific people. Their lifestyle is of no interest to me… I try to treat everybody equally and fairly.” -Donald Trump to The Advocate, 2000

“Mr. Trump was believed to be the first private club owner in Palm Beach, Fla., to admit an openly gay couple, according to Laurence Leamer, the author of ‘Madness Under the Royal Palms,’ a book about Palm Beach society.” -The NY Times, April 2016

Referring to appointing members of the LGBT community in a Trump Administration, “I would want the best and the brightest. Sexual orientation would be meaningless. I’m looking for brains and experience. If the best person for the job happens to be gay, I would certainly appoint them.” -Donald Trump to The Advocate, 2000

“I like the idea of amending the 1964 Civil Rights Act to include a ban on discrimination based on sexual orientation… Amending the Civil Rights Act would grant the same protection to gay people that we give to other Americans -- it’s only fair.” -Donald Trump to The Advocate, 2000

“[Donald Trump] also said he's willing to back recent court decisions banning private companies from firing employees because of their sexual orientation — and that he himself agrees with the decision. ‘I don't think it should be a reason’ employers can use to fire workers, he said.” -NBC’s Meet the Press, August 2015

“When somebody is victimized because of their ethnicity, the color of their skin, or their sexual orientation, that must carry a harsh penalty.” -Donald Trump on supporting hate crimes legislation in The Advocate, 2000

“Trump added before the enactment of House Bill 2 in North Carolina, ‘there have been very few complaints’ and indicated transgender people should be able to use the public restroom they think is appropriate for them. ‘People go, they use the bathroom that they feel is appropriate,’ Trump said. ‘There has been so little trouble.’” -Taken from Donald Trump’s comments on NBC’s Today Show, April 2016 (Cited by the Washington Blade)

Log Cabin Republicans is already actively engaged with the Trump Transition Team, and will continue to work with the incoming Trump Administration on the priorities that matter to the LGBT community, and to all Americans.

As we've demonstrated many times this year, Log Cabin Republicans is a diverse family of all backgrounds, beliefs, and opinions. And we protect our own. In a free, and open democracy, everyone's political opinions should be able to be expressed without fear of violence or threats. It is time for all of us to move forward and work together to help ensure that 2017 will be the beginning of a better future for all of us!
-Log Cabin Republicans of Los Angeles
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