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Friday, October 13, 2017

Donald Trump is to address the annual conference of an anti-LGBT group which has been classified as a hate group. The US president will become the first sitting president to address social conservative activists and elected officials at the Value Voters Summit in Washington DC on Friday. President Trump has addressed the event which is hosted by the Family Research Council three times in total and did so last year as the Republican presidential candidate. The Family Research Council opposes and actively lobbies against equal rights for LGBT persons. The conservative Christian group campaigns against same-sex marriage, same-sex civil unions, LGBT adoption, abortion, embryonic stem-cell research, pornography and divorce.

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Every year the conference sparks controversy for its choice of speakers and in 2010 the Southern Poverty Law Center, a legal advocacy organisation which specialize in civil rights, went so far as to classify the Family Research Council as an anti-gay hate group.

Richard Cohen, the president of the Southern Poverty Law Center, condemned President Trump's decision to address the event.

"By appearing at the Values Voter Summit, President Trump is lending the legitimacy of his office to a hate group that relentlessly demonizes LGBT people and works to deny them of their equal rights," he told The Independent.

"His appearance puts the lie to his campaign promise to be a friend to the LGBT community. Bigotry is not an American value, and our president should speak out against it."

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"The event, which counts religious extremists, white supremacists, and far-right activists among its attendants, will also include speeches from former White House chief strategist Steve Bannon and former White House aide Sebastian Gorka.

Phil Robertson, a professional hunter who starred on reality TV show Duck Dynasty, is another speaker. The businessman, who has called gay marriage "evil" and "wicked", stoked controversy for remarks made during a GQ interview back in 2014.

Back in February 2010, the organisation's Senior Researcher for Policy Studies, Peter Sprigg, said on NBC's Hardball that gay behaviour should be outlawed and "criminal sanctions against homosexual behaviour" should be enforced.

The Southern Poverty Law Centre has condemned the beliefs of the Family Research Council and argue it makes untrue claims about the LGBT community founded on "discredited research and junk science".

"The intention is to denigrate LGBT people as the organisation battles against same-sex marriage, hate crime laws, anti-bullying programs and the repeal of the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy," it says in a statement on its website.

President Trump touted himself as a champion of gay rights during his presidential bid but LGBT rights groups argue he has waged a war on their freedoms. On inauguration day, the Trump administration immediately erased all references to LGBT people and everyone living with HIV from whitehouse.gov.

This summer, President Trump, who has long courted the evangelical Christian vote, announced a ban on qualified transgender people serving in the military in a series of tweets. He then signed a directive reinstating a ban on transgender individuals from serving in the military.

The most recent target on transgender people by the Trump team came this week when the Justice Department announced that an anti-discrimination law does not protect transgender workers. This has potentially opened people up to discrimination in the workplace because of their gender identity."

It's slightly possible that Laura may have been wrong about Trump on this.

#1 | Posted by Corky at 2017-10-12 06:12 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

--The Southern Poverty Law Centre

Far-left hacks and money-hungry opportunists.

#2 | Posted by nullifidian at 2017-10-12 06:20 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Trump to Speak at Anti-LGBT Hate Group's Annual Summit
Well, now, isn't that just what is to be expected from a "typical New York liberal"?

#3 | Posted by Hans at 2017-10-12 06:47 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"It's slightly possible that Laura may have been wrong about Trump on this." - #1 | Posted by Corky at 2017-10-12 06:12 PM

10-4, Corky.

#4 | Posted by Hans at 2017-10-12 06:47 PM | Reply

"It's slightly possible that Laura may have been wrong about Trump on this.

Or not

#5 | Posted by eberly at 2017-10-12 06:52 PM | Reply

Trump's been hijacked by Pence. Pence is the LGBT bigot NOT Trump.

#6 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2017-10-12 06:54 PM | Reply

"Pence is the LGBT bigot NOT Trump." - #6 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2017-10-12 06:54 PM

So?

Do you think that a Vice President Tim Kane would be an LGBT bigot?

Certainly a President Hillary Clinton wouldn't.

#7 | Posted by Hans at 2017-10-12 06:57 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"Pence is the LGBT bigot NOT Trump." - #6 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2017-10-12 06:54 PM

Trump Is Filling Court Seats With Anti-LGBTQ Judges
Oopsie daisy...

#8 | Posted by Hans at 2017-10-12 06:58 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Trump's been hijacked by Pence. Pence is the LGBT bigot NOT Trump.

#6 | Posted by LauraMohr

Then why is Trump the first President ever to speak at the event (instead of Pence)? Is Trump Pence's sock puppet?

Or maybe Pence is gonna be up in the rafters pulling Trump's puppet strings and telling him what to say?

#9 | Posted by donnerboy at 2017-10-12 07:07 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

yes. donald would never do such things. it's that naughty pence. i think pence got to boaz too.

#10 | Posted by BruceBanner at 2017-10-12 07:59 PM | Reply | Funny: 1

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"Trump's been hijacked by Pence. Pence is the LGBT bigot NOT Trump."

Trump is the president, not Pence. If Trump really cared about the LGBT community, he wouldn't let Pence hijack him. Did Pence tell him to tweet an end to transgender participation in the military?

#11 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-10-12 08:53 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

Trump is the president, not Pence. If Trump really cared about the LGBT community, he wouldn't let Pence hijack him. Did Pence tell him to tweet an end to transgender participation in the military?

#11 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-10-12 08:53 PM | Reply | Flag

That's what was said about Dubya and Cheney too and you remember how that turned out. Let's face facts. Trump didn't want te job. He was only running to get his friend Hillary elected. Sadly for him it backfired on him so he is relying on others to tell him what to do.

#12 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2017-10-12 09:00 PM | Reply

#2

Hates left wing sources, His Trumpyness does.

- Trump's been hijacked by Pence

C'mon, 'mam. Trump has been going to this event for years.

#13 | Posted by Corky at 2017-10-12 09:01 PM | Reply

" That's what was said about Dubya and Cheney too..." - #12 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2017-10-12 09:00 PM

No it wasn't.

#14 | Posted by Hans at 2017-10-12 09:05 PM | Reply

"...so he is relying on others to tell him what to do." - #12 | Posted by LauraMohr at 2017-10-12 09:00 PM

A woman would never make that "argument."

#15 | Posted by Hans at 2017-10-12 09:11 PM | Reply

Told you so!

#16 | Posted by truthhurts at 2017-10-12 09:12 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

How can anyone seriously put Trump and "Values" together? These folks gave up all credibility when they backed him for president.

#17 | Posted by TFDNihilist at 2017-10-12 09:17 PM | Reply

"He was only running to get his friend Hillary elected."

With friends like Trump, Hillary doesn't need enemies.

#18 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-10-12 09:19 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"Sadly for him it backfired on him so he is relying on others to tell him what to do."

I'm pretty sure no one tells him what to spontaneously tweet as he did when he tweeted out the transgender military ban.

#19 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-10-12 09:21 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

"Pence is the LGBT bigot NOT Trump."

I don't think Trump is an LGBT bigot, but he doesn't care about the LGBT community either. Trump cares about Trump, and in terms of politics, Trump cares about his base. Make not mistake Trump is doing this for them. He doesn't need Pence's encouragement to kowtow to that base, many who believe LGBT folks are perverts and sinners. I'm talking about Trump's hardcore base, the alt-right and some Evangelicals. I'm not talking about everyone who voted for Trump.

#20 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-10-13 09:25 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Trump didn't want te job. He was only running to get his friend Hillary elected. Sadly for him it backfired on him so he is relying on others to tell him what to do.

#12 | POSTED BY LAURAMOHR AT 2017-10-12 09:00 PM | FLAG:

No way. He would not have made the last minute push in the MI, PA and WI if he didn't want to win.

Of course, he was blindly ignorant of how much work the job demands and is not up to the task, but he loves being in the spotlight, loves the adulation, loves how money he can steal from the taxpayers so he ain't going nowhere.

#21 | Posted by 726 at 2017-10-13 09:54 AM | Reply

"It's slightly possible that Laura may have been wrong about Trump on this." - #1 | Posted by Corky at 2017-10-12 06:12 PM

I love those people who thought Trump gave a damn about LGBT.

How they ever believed this is beyond me.

#22 | Posted by Sycophant at 2017-10-13 10:37 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

Not that I have any sympathy for a regret filled Trump voter at this point but I really don't have any for an LGBT Trump voter. Virtually the whole of the right wing is not so closeted on the subject. (Unless they are of course closeted LGBT themselves like say Ted Haggard...) You have to have some serious self hate to vote with people that despise you.

#23 | Posted by GalaxiePete at 2017-10-13 10:40 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

As the Russia noose tightens, trump needs to keep his base of bigots excited and loyal.

He doesnt even give a damn about god or gay marriage. He just cares about approval, and the only people left who approve of him are these inbred moronic bigots.

#24 | Posted by SpeakSoftly at 2017-10-13 11:13 AM | Reply | Newsworthy 3

#23 | POSTED BY GALAXIEPETE

Gays for trump : Roaches for Raid

#25 | Posted by IndianaJones at 2017-10-13 05:00 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

As the Russia noose tightens, trump needs to keep his base of bigots excited and loyal.
He doesnt even give a damn about god or gay marriage. He just cares about approval, and the only people left who approve of him are these inbred moronic bigots.

#24 | POSTED BY SPEAKSOFTLY

110% correct...speaking from trump central, gays are to be considered moving targets
extra points for trans sexuals...50 point bonus for trans while black

#26 | Posted by ABlock at 2017-10-13 11:23 PM | Reply

Trump is turning us against each other.

Football players can't even protest police brutality without being told they're the problem.

Just ask yourself: Who benefits from a nation divided?

#27 | Posted by snoofy at 2017-10-13 11:27 PM | Reply

#27 | POSTED BY SNOOFY

unfortunately trump is only providing the license to display those feelings that are held near
and dear to a large percentage of the population.
the efforts expended to form a more hospitable and inclusive society are derided as politically
correct..to be derided and ignored.
it reminds me of an interview i heard on NPR. it concerned the serbian/bosnian conflict.
a woman was describing how her family had lived in this village for several generations, how
every one got along so well. and then, chaos. over night people they had thought were their
friends began committing the atrocities that we've all heard about.
take st.louis as an example. believe me when i say, it's chock full of white people who'd be more
than glad to be furnished an excuse to be turned loose on the black community.
if you want to see what we're capable of, in this day and age, school yourself about what goes
on on many indian reservations

#28 | Posted by ABlock at 2017-10-13 11:49 PM | Reply

'Hazards of Homosexuality' Flier Distributed at Values Voter Summit

A flier promoting a book on the "health hazards of homosexuality" was distributed to guests at Values Voter Summit where President Trump spoke.

According to its preface, the book "aims to alert the public -- especially young people and their parents -- on the serious physical and physiological health dangers inherent in adopting a 'gay,' lesbian or bisexual (GLB) identity."

It also claims homosexuality is a mental disorder and the truth is being suppressed by "the homosexual lobby and their allies," including the "radicalized" entertainment industry, press and educational establishments.

www.nbcnews.com

#29 | Posted by Gal_Tuesday at 2017-10-14 12:12 AM | Reply

In an interview with a person on the floor at the summit, an attendee stated that if Jesus was here and used twitter he would sound just like the president. I find it unbelievable that one of my Christian brethren could say this out loud and not burst into flames. Jesus Wept.

#30 | Posted by rukiddin at 2017-10-14 07:24 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 2

#30

People have wandered into a cult which is not Christian.

#31 | Posted by Zed at 2017-10-14 07:52 PM | Reply | Newsworthy 1

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