It’s not exactly news any more that Donald Trump is the 45th President of the United States. What might be surprising, however, is that 14% of LGBT people voted for him.
Given his history of being homophobic and his clarity on his desire to repeal marriage equality, alongside his all the more homophobic VP Mike Pence, this is definitely a big surprise to those of us at Pride Life.
According to exit polls by the New York Times, 78% of LGBT people voted for Hillary Clinton while 14% voted for Trump today. They also had some other really interesting findings as well. Younger people, for instance, were far more likely to vote for the Democratic candidate, with 55% of 18 to 29-year-olds and 50% of 30 to 44-year-olds voting for her.
This is in comparison to 37% of 18 to 29-year-olds and 42% of 30 to 44-year-olds who voted for Trump. Also, they found that if you’re white, you were 60% more likely to vote for Trump this election.
There was also a 29% showing for the Republican President-elect from Latinx people.
As well as his history of homophobic and generally anti-LGBT comments and his promise to undo marriage equality, Trump also agrees with anti-transgender bathroom laws which have seen a surge in popularity since the marriage equality victory.
Mike Pence, as we mentioned, also has a very concerning history. Not only is he homophobic, he also holds the belief that being gay is a “choice” and also has shown support for “conversion therapy”. He has also voted against a law prohibiting workplace discrimination based on sexual orientation.
So it’s safe to say that a 14% showing from LGBT people for Trump and Pence is a little confusing, but obviously the pair held enough ideals to override these very troubling concerns.