Six out of every 10 Americans support gay marriage according to a 2015 Gallup poll. The majority of Americans support LGBTQ rights same sex marriage, bathroom gender laws and are against any discriminatory practices for the community as they relate to public housing, at work or public accommodations. Most Americans also oppose transgender people from using bathrooms that align with their gender identity.
With more pressing issues at this time – tax budget, healthcare repeal, N. Korea, Syria, infrastructure, immigration reform, nothing has been planned in terms of an executive order for the LGBTQ community’s issues. In 2014 President Obama signed an Executive Order prohibiting federal contractors from discriminating on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity. President Obama said that “millions of our fellow citizens wake up and go to work with the awareness that they could lose their job, not because of anything they do or fail to do, but because of who they are – lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender. And that’s wrong.”
With the looming uncertainty over LGBTQ issues, President Trump issued a statement that he will keep Obama’s executive order in place and continues to be respectful and supportive of LGBTQ rights, just as he was throughout the election. Mike Pence, given his background as an evangelical and Catholic conservative, has very different view and is perhaps the most anti-LGBT governor in the nation.
With the proposed repeal of ObamaCare, the LGBT community is going to have a lot to lose. The ACA banned health status and other forms of discrimination and also provided essential tax credits and premium subsidies so that low and middle-income LGBT people could afford health insurance. In addition, the Medicaid Expansion dramatically improved healthcare access for LGBT communities in the states that accepted it. With TrumpCare essentially proposing to take out a trillion dollars out of healthcare, the LGBT community is likely to suffer in terms of healthcare.
As for same sex marriage, President Donald Trump has previously said that the issue of same-sex marriage was “settled” by the U.S. Supreme Court, but now with Justice Neil Gorsuch confirmed the LGBT community can only hope that things don’t turn out differently.