David Kilmnick, CEO of the LGBT Network, slammed President Donald Trump Sunday for failing to acknowledge June as LGBT Pride month. While the White House remained silent about the Pride month, Trump endorsed a number of other celebrations associated with June, including National Ocean Month and African-American Music Appreciation Month.
“It’s shameful that the President of the United States has failed to recognize such a historically significant time for the LGBT community,” Kilmnick said.
The criticism for Trump over not recognizing June as LGBT Pride month further ignited after Ivanka Trump wished the LGBT community a “joyful #pride2017.”
"Logging back on after Shavuot, wishing everyone a joyful #Pride2017. This month we celebrate and honor the #LGBTQ community," Ivanka wrote in one tweet. While another read: "I am proud to support my LGBTQ friends and the LGBTQ Americans who have made immense contributions to our society and economy."
The Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation organization however condemned Ivanka's tweet, and said it will detail the "Trump administration’s pattern of erasing LGBT people and families from the fabric of the White House."
During his presidential campaign, Trump claimed to be a supporter of LGBTQ individuals and their rights. However, his selection of Mike Pence as his running mate was criticized by the community as the VPOTUS had once referred to gay marriage as a "societal collapse."
"Ask yourself, who is really the friend of women and the LGBT community? Donald Trump with actions or Hillary Clinton with her words?" Trump said at a New Hampshire campaign stop in 2016. "I will tell you who the better friend is. And some day I believe that will be proven out big league."
Shin Inouye, a one-time member of former President Barack Obama’s communications staff, tweeted Trump “couldn’t be bothered to issue a proclamation to recognize #LGBTPrideMonth. Given his record, maybe it’s for the best.”Obama was very vocal about his support for the LGBTQ community. Since 2011, Obama made an official declaration annually to recognize Pride Month. Bill Clinton was the first president to recognize Pride Month.
Pride month commemorates the June 1969 Stonewall Inn riots in Greenwich Village against police harassment that many credit for sparking the gay rights movement.
Just after Trump took office in January, all mentions of LGBTQ issues were wiped off the White House website. The U.S. Department of Labor's report on advancing LGBTQ workplace rights had been removed too.
"When Donald Trump took the oath of office today, he vowed to be a servant for all Americans. We will hold him to that oath, " Human Rights Campaign's president Chad Griffin said in a statement at the time. "It's more important now than ever before for us to organize, mobilize and fight in solidarity against hate and any attempts to roll back the rights of LGBTQ people. No matter who sits in the Oval Office, HRC won't back down an inch in the fight for full equality and the equal dignity of each and every American."