A number of American LGBT elected officials came together last week to write an open letter to the president-elect, hoping to inspire Trump to lead the country with equality and tolerance in the forefront of his mind.
In all, the 156 politicians included mayors, councilmembers, state representatives, and others. They congratulated him on winning the election and explained that they were “proud lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) elected officials representing millions of constituents” who wanted to “urge you to join us in embodying the highest ideals of our great and diverse nation.”
The letter made the officials’ requests of the soon-to-be-president quite clear.
“We ask you appoint individuals with inclusive policy solutions that aim to better the lives of all Americans. And we ask you declare full support for LGBT equality, and remain true to earlier statements promising to be a president supportive of our rights.”
The legislators also expressed their concerns regarding the circle of people Trump has gathered around himself thus far as informal and formal advisors.
“While we hope you appeal to those better angels and support inclusive and fair-minded policies, we have grave concerns given the individuals appointed to your administration thus far. Nearly all hold anti-LGBT views aimed at denying our community acceptance and inclusion in American society.”
The letter continues by examining how diverse the LGBT community really is and asking for Trump to advance the causes of diversity and acceptance.
“We also must emphasize the LGBT community is as diverse as our nation. We are black, we are Latino, we are white, we are immigrants, we are Muslim, we are Jewish, we are women, and we are people with disabilities. LGBT elected officials know well the sting and consequences of discrimination, injustice and intolerance, and we carry that lived experience into our policy positions, legislation and decision-making. We hold central the American values of fairness, justice and liberty – and ensure these values are the foundation for our work as public servants. As the nation debates economic security, immigration, women’s rights, voting rights, policing, and mass incarceration, we ask you also apply the American values of fairness, justice and liberty, and ensure the best interests of all communities are incorporated into your policies and positions.”
In closing, the letter concluded by extending a hope for a respectful and cooperative working relationship.
“We sincerely hope you aim to be a president for all Americans – including LGBT Americans of every race, ethnicity, gender and religion. As representatives of the LGBT community, we will hold your administration accountable for actions that infringe upon our rights and opportunities, and will oppose presidential appointees who denigrate or harm our community. But we much prefer to work with you to continue the incredible progress toward LGBT equality – to have you stand with us on the right side of history.”