If Donald Trump didn’t already stir up controversy among members of the LGBT community, his recent actions are just ticking everyone off even more. In response to his recent comments regarding the Orlando massacre, ACT UP, the AIDS advocacy group, organized a large protest on Tuesday outside of Trump Tower.
Leaders of the organization are accusing The Donald of using “the recent massacre at a gay bar in Orlando to polarize Americans.” The folks that took part in the protest were predominantly LGBT and Muslim or Latino leaders.
“Just over a week after the slaughter of dozens of LGBTQ people at Pulse in Orlando, Donald Trump is meeting with and seeking the support of groups who have—for decades—advocated hatred, discrimination, and violence against our community,” said James Krellenstein, a member of ACT UP NY.
This statement was said in response to Trump’s meeting this week with Tony Perkins, a conservative Christian leader whose organization spews hatred and bigotry towards the LGBT community.
“By continuing to embrace, rather than condemn these hate groups, Donald Trump and the Republican Party are spitting on the victims of the Orlando Massacre,” says ACT UP.
In its press release, the organization explains: “Instead of advocating for policies that would actually improve the safety, health, civil rights, and livelihood of all communities, Trump has chosen to meet and seek the support of religious extremists who have supported and defended legislation such as Uganda’s infamous ‘Kill the Gays’ bill. All the while, he uses the recent violence against the LGBTQ community as an excuse to advocate for discrimination against American Muslims.”
Tom Blake, another member of ACT UP NY says: “The LGBTQ community is a rainbow coalition of races and religious beliefs. While we stand united against any kind of religious bigotry, we will not stand silent while our Muslim LGBTQ brothers and sisters continue to be targets of hate speech.”